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Propagation bed media other than sand?

 
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I can't get good sand. It is fine and doesn't drain.

What are some other ideas for a misting bed media?
 
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Mason's sand
Sandbox sand
Pea gravel
Fishtank sand/gravel
 
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All of those get trucked in and cost $$
 
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I think a couple of reasons to buy sand for a propagation bed is that it is generally sterile, and free of weeds. If like me you have sandy soil, you could fill your propagation bed with native soil, keep it covered with a plastic mulch for 2 months cooking in the sun before using it. I am trying a new way to root cuttings, from honeyberry to apple scions to peaches, I will post pictures of them if it does work. (no luck last year)
 
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