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Hydroton prices

This is a discussion on Hydroton prices within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just bought a 25L bag for 10-something Euro, so maybe 15 USD at the ...

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    I just bought a 25L bag for 10-something Euro, so maybe 15 USD at the hardware store. But I think I may be closer to the source.

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    Hydroton Question:
    I purchased a large bag of Hydroton from major orchid distributor in Miami, Florida many years ago. It does last a long time. All the LECA pellets were very uniform in size and shape. They are round and roll everywhere, and about 25% of the darn things float no matter what I do to them. I probably did the same thing you did originally. I potted in clay pots with LECA and no S/H was considered. I did this as a test, because I'm an anal putze and tinker around too much with my plants. That includes watering too much. I figured with LECA I couldn't water too much.

    Let me get back on track. I recently went to the local Hydroponics store and saw several bags of Hydroton ... BIG difference. Not only were there a large range in sizes, but they were no where near as nicely spherical as the stuff from the Miami distributor. Are there different grades and styles of the stuff?

    I'm now switched to Prime Agra simply to get away from the "rolling floaters" that I can't seem to keep in the pot, particularly when I have to quick flood the pot to get good flushing action.

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    You know, I was noticing that at least here there is a brand called "Hydroton" and it is also simply the name of the stuff, literally "hydro clay", so it makes a big difference if were are talking brand name pellets or random hardware store hydro clay. My no-name pellets are not the round ones and there was another brand selling "hydroton" pellets in a variety of sizes, but none were the brand "Hydroton" (it is hard to differentiate because in German all nouns are capatialized...).

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    I have a source for the original style Prime Agra that is $20 for a 50 liter bag. The problem is shipping is $32. The company is in Wadsworth, Ohio if any of you are close enough. Just send me a note and I will give you more info.

    This bag will NOT last me forever. I got it a month or so ago and it is half gone. I am ordering 2 more bags soon!

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    Well the one I purchased was all different sized in the bag from small pea size to new onion sized (we are gardeners - or cooks most of us) and they all eventually will sink if you soak em long enough. I soak/rinse mine in a storage tote then soak them overnight prior to potup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WolfinKW View Post
    Well the one I purchased was all different sized in the bag from small pea size to new onion sized (we are gardeners - or cooks most of us) and they all eventually will sink if you soak em long enough. I soak/rinse mine in a storage tote then soak them overnight prior to potup.
    That sounds like the stuff I got and either is or is very much like the old style Prime Agra.

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