Seems you're the one being snotty str8jacket. Hydroponics stores sell lots of good soil mixes, and they may include perlite. There is more than one way to be productive. I find that saving time is saving money. But I'm not here to get into confrontation with you str8jacket. You don't know me or my experience, and I don't know you. I've 40 years of growing plants. I'm here to offer help as I see fit. And re-read what I said. I didn't say to "not use perlite". I said it was a mess to work with. And I pointed out it comes in good soil mixes (you can buy them, I assume you know this.) gardenermendo I want everyone to succeed with growing. Only when more in this world learns first hand about cannabis, will opinions change.