Garden Supplies

Perlite & Chunky Perlite

Perlite is a lightweight expanded volcanic mineral that helps keep soil mixes well aerated and prevents compaction. It also improves drainage, which makes it useful for plants like cacti and succulents as well as for seed starting and growing cuttings.

We carry both perlite and chunky perlite. Chunky perlite has the highest porosity and creates the best drainage. Popular for growing orchids and succulents, chunky perlite is also useful in container gardening drainage. Standard perlite is typically used to create seed-starting mixes or root cuttings.

Using perlite

Use caution when handling perlite as it produces fine dust that is dangerous if inhaled. Moisten perlite before use to reduce dust.


Figaro’s Garden Perlite and Chunky Perlite are packaged in recycled paper bags that are 60% compostable and 40% biodegradable. These bags are lined with PLA, a biodegradable, corn-based material that strengthens and improves the durability of the bag. While PLA is compostable in many jurisdictions, it is not yet accepted in Vancouver’s green bin program. Please responsibly dispose of these bags by placing them in the trash.

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