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Diatomaceous earth

 Diatomaceous earth - (Growing Medium)

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Diatomaceous_Earth.jpg image DIATOMACEOUS EARTH -

Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. There are a number of varieties, one freshwater DIATOMITE mined in Denmark and often referred to as DANISH PINK is used in cat litter which in turn can be used as a BONSAI>BONSAI GROWING MEDIUM.

It is also used as a growing medium in other potted plants.

Bonsai enthusiasts use it as a soil additive, or may even pot a bonsai tree in 100% diatomaceous earth. Like perlite, vermiculite, and expanded clay, it retains water and nutrients, while draining fast and freely, allowing high oxygen circulation within the growing medium.

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DIATOMITE is mined at a few European locations  and for a while Diatomite was mined at a location in Skye off the west coast of Scotland. Read about it here.

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