If you’re into gardening or potting plants, you’ve probably come across the term “perlite” at some point. Perlite is a naturally occurring volcanic glass that’s heated to form tiny, lightweight, white particles. It’s an incredibly versatile material and is commonly used in horticulture, construction, and insulation. This blog aims to provide you with a complete guide on perlite — its definition, history, benefits, and uses.
Perlite has been produced by Nordisk Perlite for over 40 years. Of all the perlite products on the market, Nordisk Perlite’s Filter Perlite is one of the best. It’s a one-of-a-kind product that few others in the world produce. The product’s creator, Will Maxey, invented it in 1955, and today, Nordisk Perlite is the market leader in Filter Perlite in the Nordics and exports it to over 40 countries worldwide.
What is Perlite?
Perlite is a volcanic rock that’s formed from the heat and pressure of molten lava. The rock expands into a white, lightweight, and porous material when heated to around 1600°F (870°C). It’s made up of 2-6% water and 94-98% glassy silicate minerals, typically including obsidian, pitchstone, and rhyolite. Because of its unique properties, it’s widely used as a soil amendment in horticulture and as an insulation material in construction.
History of Perlite
Perlite was first discovered in the early 1900s in New Mexico, USA. It was initially used as a filter medium in the production of beer, but it quickly gained popularity for its horticultural properties. By the 1940s, perlite was being produced commercially, and today, it’s available worldwide.
The Benefits of Perlite
Perlite has several benefits that make it an excellent soil amendment for gardening and potting plants. Firstly, it’s incredibly lightweight, which means it won’t compact the soil or become waterlogged. Secondly, it has excellent drainage properties, helping to prevent root rot. Finally, perlite is sterile, meaning that it doesn’t contain any pests, weed seeds, or plant diseases, making it an excellent choice for starting seeds and cuttings.
Uses of Perlite
Perlite is used in a variety of industries, including horticulture, construction, insulation, and industrial applications. In horticulture, perlite is added to soil to improve drainage, aeration, and root development. In construction, it’s used as insulation because of its lightweight and fire-resistant properties. Perlite is also used in industrial applications, such as in the production of cement, as an abrasive in sandblasting, and as a filter medium in the wine industry.
Filter Perlite from Nordisk Perlite
Filter Perlite is a one-of-a-kind product that few others in the world produce. It’s a specialized type of perlite that’s used as a filter medium in the wine industry. Nordisk Perlite’s production of Filter Perlite is based on the knowledge of Will Maxey, who created the product in 1955. The product is incredibly efficient at removing impurities from wine and is used by wineries worldwide.
Perlite is a versatile material that’s used in a variety of industries, from horticulture to construction and industrial applications. Nordisk Perlite has been producing high-quality perlite, including Filter Perlite, for over 40 years. Filter Perlite is a one-of-a-kind product that few others in the world produce, and Nordisk Perlite is the market leader in the Nordics and exports it to over 40 countries worldwide. Whether you’re a professional gardener, winemaker, or construction worker, perlite is a versatile and useful material that can improve your processes.