How Should the Soil and Clay Pellets Be Mixed?

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How Should the Soil and Clay Pellets Be Mixed?
Potted plants require a growing medium that provides good drainage. (Stephen Schauer/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Clay pellets are a soilless growing medium made from small, hard-fired clay balls. The pellets are usually between .03 and .08 inches around. The firing process causes the clay to expand creating a porous medium. Clay pellets are most commonly used in hydroponics and for orchids and other plants that require a soilless growing medium. Use clay pellets to increase drainage in potting soil mixes for houseplants and other container grown plants and trees.

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Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Spoon or stake

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  1. 1

    Combine 1 part clay pellets with 9 parts standard, good quality potting soil in a bucket.

  2. 2

    Mix the pellets and the potting soil together thoroughly using your hands on a long stir stick or spoon.

  3. 3

    Use the clay pellet and potting soil mixture for all your container grown plants that require good drainage.

  4. 4

    Spread a 1-inch layer of clay pellets over the bottom of the planting pot before adding potting soil to increase drainage.

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