Please read full listing description to avoid any disappointment. Photos show our "Graded" product.
Orchiata Users - This grade is a bit bigger than "Classic" and a bit smaller than "Power"
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT SOURCE BLEACHED PERLITE (Yes, it's apparently a thing, who knew!). THIS PRODUCT WILL NOT BE SPARKLY WHITE! EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED THE BLEACHED FORMS ARE COMPLETELY INERT, WE LIKE THINGS AS NATURAL AS POSSIBLE!
Raw Perlite - We don't do anything to the product. You will receive exactly what the manufacturer sends us which will include smaller chunks and dust.
Graded - This is the one we use in house. It is graded by hand to remove all the smaller chunks and a huge amount of the dust. If you have ever had to deal with clouds of perlite dust in the air, you will really appreciate this option!
Washed - This one is for the folks who really need a clean product. Product is graded by hand, washed and allowed to dry for 24 hours before being bagged and shipped to you. There will still be a small amount of dust caused by friction of the chunks moving around during shipping, but compared to the other options, this stuff is as good as it gets.
WE WILL ONLY SHIP THIS PRODUCT IN A BOX! SHIPPING IT IN A BAG TO GET CRUSHED BY OTHER PACKAGES WOULD BE A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME
WHY ON EARTH DO YOU GRADE YOUR PERLITE?
I really want to say "Because we are nuts about plants and want to keep our growing mix as consistent as possible" but even though this is true, we had to start grading out of a need for a more consistent product.
Anyone notice around June 2023 chunky perlite became nearly impossible to find? For unknown reasons one of the best producers in the industry closed their doors. This producer did one thing different to all the other producers, their grader was towards the end of the production line so the finished product was far more consistent and true to its specified grade. We have tried countless other vendors and the consistency has ranged from not bad to us checking our orders to see if we accidentally ordered a bag of dust instead of chunks!
We finally found a producer that was fairly close to our original supplier, but even though they were way better than all the other producers we tested, 1/8th of every bag was still not true to size.
If you are using perlite to add to a regular soil blend, this is no problem at all, and the raw product will work fantastic for you, but, if you are like us and specifically buy Perlite #3 grade because you need it chunky, these smaller chunks and huge amounts of dust are a real pain to deal with.
It is impossible to get truly dust free Perlite, but for those of us with expensive collections and plants that require chunky mixes, consistency is essential.
We have been grading our perlite by hand for 8 months now, and never planned on selling perlite, but so many of our customers have reached out to us asking where we get ours from because it is so consistent that we decided to start offering it.
If anyone has found a brand that is very consistent, please kindly share their name with us, grading perlite by hand is tedious, dusty and back breaking!