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  • Use to improve drainage and aeration
  • Mix with potting mix to help prevent soil compaction
  • Should only be used for plants in containers
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Help prevent soil compaction and promote strong root development with Miracle-Gro Perlite. Enriched with Miracle-Gro Plant Food, Perlite improves aeration in potting mixes. Plus, the lightweight media helps start root cuttings in container plants. Grow more beautiful plants with Miracle-Gro.
  • Helps prevent soil compaction and promote strong root development
  • Enriched with Miracle-Gro plant food
  • Lightweight media helps start root cuttings
  • Improves drainage and aeration in potting mixes
  • Use only with container plants
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Bag Capacity/Dry Volume (cu. ft.)
.31 cu ft
Soil Amendment Type
Soil Matter

Questions & Answers


why are they saying that miracle gro perlite to be used only in containers?

Asked by hunter April 21, 2021

Perlite is very light weight. Even in containers, it migrates to the top of the pot or large container and the blows away when a gust of wind comes along. Perlite can be used to create pore space but so can’t bark fines which tend to stay in place.

how big of an area will 8 qt. cover

Asked by mike September 12, 2020

We thank you for your interest in Miracle-Gro Perlite. This product can fill two 8-inch pots. Please contact us if you have other questions. Our phone number is 877-220-3089.

I want to pick up curbside. But this doesn't let me order and pay for this. What should I do?

Asked by sandy June 25, 2020

how much soil should this be mixed with to improve garden soil drainage? Thanks

Asked by Jenn April 21, 2020

I wouldn't add it to my 'garden'soil, since I think it would require too much. A sand amendment may be better, or a soil aeration if it is for your yard. I would use perlite for potted plants.

desert rose cactus

Asked by Ruth April 9, 2019

I think you have got it right. I would do the same. In fact, I have with a pot-bound, light deprived aloe vera. The change is amazing.

My soil has allot of clay in it. So my lawn gets very thin in the winter . Will Perlite help if I...

Asked by Mark February 13, 2019

I would not add this to my lawn; it wld req. too much. I would aerate the soil and or use a sand and garden soil amendment. A consult with a lawn professional maybe helpful to determine what they would do.

I need a specific type of soil amendment for this- The key to growing Worsleya ("Blue Amaryllis...

Asked by FJ December 15, 2018

yes. if you need lots of dranage.. filling bottom 1/3 with pure perlite and the rest 2/3 with 50-50 mix of perlite and potting soil.

Can be use for cactus or suculents instead sand...

Asked by Olga March 12, 2018

What is the question?

Is there perlite available at Home Depot in Canada that does not contain fertilizer? Fertilizer w...

Asked by PotentialCarnivoreGrower December 20, 2017

The miracle grow perlite does not contain fertilizer

Interested in making my own potting mix. Is there a general rule concerning a mixture of perlite ...

Asked by katywoodworker June 14, 2017

It needs to be used based on the other items you are mixing in and the plant you are planning to use your potting mix for.

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Customer Reviews

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Great perlite. It would be better if the pieces were a tiny bit larger
Great perlite. It would be better if the pieces were a tiny bit larger. Depending on how the bags were manhandled, there may be a lot of dust at the bottom of the bags. Make sure you wear a mask/respirator if you see dust flying out. But so far so good, I usually mix 50/50 perlite and succulent soil to provide quick drainage so my succulents don't get "wet feet".
by Dennis
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Killed my previously healthy seedlings within minutes to hours!
I have been growing seeds into plants for over 30 years, and I've never seen a soil amendment kill so quickly! I don't know what Miracle Grow has added to their Perlite, but the most recent bag I opened must have been tainted with herbicide or some other potent salt or toxic chemical. ALL of the previously healthy, stocky beautiful seedlings I transplanted into organic professional potting mix to which I had added some of the new bag of Miracle Grow Perlite began to show signs of poisoning within minutes to hours. Their stems began to narrow and look desiccated (as though someone had sprayed them with herbicide, or introduced some kind of new, fast acting soil pathogen "weapon" of destruction). I have never seen anything like this....I have never, ever, lost so many transplants so quickly due to one seemingly benign, but surreptitiously fatal amendment, which I never suspected would carry a lethal poison. I wish Home Depot would understand that their loyal customer base, even here in the Southeast, needs and demands SAFE, Organic, and Vegan soil amendments, soils, and fertilizers for our family's very necessary organic food production gardens. Our family has not just lost the $5-$6 dollars we spent on the toxic bag of Miracle Grow Perlite, we have lost all of our month - old seedlings that would have produced food for our table during our short Fall season (we cannot get that "grow time window of opportunity" back now). We have lost the dear, healthy seedlings, who trusted us to care for them, and they were SO Healthy and happy right up to the minute their unfortunate roots touched the toxic Miracle Grow perlite-poisoned soil. We have additionally lost the rest of the rather expensive organic professional potting soil that was stupidly mixed by me with the very non-organic, and apparently lethally toxic Miracle Grow Perlite. I am so very sad...and angry. Please save yourself this misery and only buy organic perlite or better yet, pumice or organic pine bark fines to lighten your organic potting mix. Home Depot...are you listening? Please stock some quality OMRI Organic and vegan soil amendments for all of us Organic Gardening customers in Florida and the Southeastern United States. We, too, deserve the same Organic, vegan, and quality products that customers in other states have access to where they live.
by FloridaOrganicVeganGrower
Response from Miracle-gro TeamSep 13, 2020
Our apologies that your plants were damaged after using Miracle-Gro Performance Organics All Purpose Plant Nutrition Granules. This product will not normally harm plants, but other factors can contribute to plant death. Your feedback is important to us, and we will pass this on to our Quality Assurance Team. We would be interested in discussing this further so that we can learn more about this issue and extend our product guarantee. At your earliest convenience, please contact us and refer to your review to see what can be done. We can be reached at 877-220-3089. miracle-gro
6 people found this helpful
Especially with cactus plants or succulents, you don't want your soil wet so adding this helps ai...
Especially with cactus plants or succulents, you don't want your soil wet so adding this helps air get through better and also makes your soil go further. My daughter told me about it a couple years ago and I always have a bag or two handy.
by Kleo
1 person found this helpful
Critical for succulents. My plants love it.
Critical for succulents. My plants love it.
by Julia
3 people found this helpful
by julia
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Helped greatly with fast drainage...
Helped greatly with fast drainage
by Sue
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by HomeDepotCustomer
Good product Works as expected to loosen soil and improve...
Good product Works as expected to loosen soil and improve drainage
by Gerry
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