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Best sand for potted palms?

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Brad Mondel

I've tried builders sand, play sand, aquarium sand and I do not like them at all except the aquarium sand but it is too expensive. Would pool filter sand be any good? I need a larger coarse grain size that drains well, not sugar grain sized. 

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Rickybobby

I added the same thread on pool filter sand a few months back and not one answer. Hopefully someone chimes in 

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Fusca

I gave up on trying to find course sand to use for potted palms and have just been using Turface MVP (Seramis) as a moisture-retaining substitute.  Really helps to improve drainage as well.

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Merlyn2220

I read on a palm (or possibly cycad?) page that they recommended using #20 sieve silica sand for planting and potting.  That's 0.033" diameter or 0.84mm.  The finer grain #40 is half that diameter, and the pool filter sand is somewhere in the 20-40 range.  I've been using the Sakrete Multi-Purpose sand, which seems to be around 0.020-0.060" diameter, a range of #35-#12 sieve.  It seems to work okay and is coarser than the typical play sand.

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RJ
3 hours ago, Brad Mondel said:

I've tried builders sand, play sand, aquarium sand and I do not like them at all except the aquarium sand but it is too expensive. Would pool filter sand be any good? I need a larger coarse grain size that drains well, not sugar grain sized. 

Have you tried the mushroom compost at Lowes?  It's sand based. I like it as it adds some weight to the root mass in case of winds. That with pine bark seems to be working well so far. It however isn't a very large grained sand. 

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RJ
1 minute ago, Fusca said:

I gave up on trying to find course sand to use for potted palms and have just been using Turface MVP (Seramis) as a moisture-retaining substitute.  Really helps to improve drainage as well.

I picked up a bag of this the  other day but have yet to try it. Good to know you like it. 

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Laaz

Turface MVP is the way to go I just picked up 5 more bags @ $15 each. 50/50 mix with Miracle-gro "garden soil" is about perfect. Stay away from "potting soil" it turns to muck very quickly.

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hbernstein

Sandblasting sand, if available, comes in several different sizes. I've found that it makes an excellent potting media ingredient. Just make sure that it isn't composed of limestone.

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Brad Mondel

I went to the pet store today and found some coarse sand. A five pound bag was $6.99 or twenty pounds for $20.  It has a larger grain size and air pockets between the grains. I also picked up some nice gravel and garden soil. Let's hope this mix is just right!

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