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Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:12 PM

Any comments. advice on potting mix/ mixtures that work long term?

I have used Unigro for many years then they changed the mix.

I tried Kelloggs Cactus & plam but I find it too dry.
It almost never retains water or moisture for plumeria needs.

I have in the past addded a pinch of peat & it does lighten the mix up as they don't like heavy soil on there roots or so it seems.

Got alot of potting to do & don't want to make a major mistake with my babies.

Kelloggs outdoor potting soil has things such as chicken manure, worm castings, kelp meal, bat guano, alfalfa meal.

In theory guess it might be good to suppliment there cactus mix.

Also I have potting mix bought last season. Is there any reason to not use it?

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 05:44 PM

I use Miracle gro potting mix, regular one and ad Black cow manure and some perlite. No special ratio.If available, I mix some dry leaves from the yard. Sometimes even cut some branches for leaves... :P I mix with my hands an if it feels too soggy specially after watering,I add perlite or leaves or some bark etc.
Early in the season when it is not raining much, I a 30-50% manure.
This is for all my potted plants.
I see that Miracle gro ix also changed, ore bark this year. It was more peaty last year.
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Posted 20 July 2013 - 05:29 AM

I prefer pumice over perlite.

I have a huge bag of perlite I bought for the newer seedlings as it males the mix go further
& jungins seem to like it.


compost or manure should be used w care as it decomposes
& Too much wrecks havoc with ph.

Its very dry here ( for some reason I thought you were from CA)

Just gave everyone a good soaking & took someblooms in to enjoy.

Mmmmmm

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:57 AM

Hmmm, I see a lot of typing errors in my reply...computer keys were jammed up for some reason. Seem OK now.

Pumice is not available here. I have not had any trouble with the compost so far. In fact it seems to rejuvenate plants when I add it to the container soil mix. Also had good experience with it in the garden soil.Florida sand gobbles it up quickly though when it is in ground so I have to keep topping it up. May have to do with Florida weather. Our soil is more alkaline than many places.
As to decomposing,everything decomposes quickly here. :rolleyes:
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Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:50 PM

We all have to start with whatever soil we have & ammend it to be the best it can for our plants.

Compost for sure in ground.

I've had a few in ground for a few years.
Losts of compost, peat, & pumice.
Pumice is natural volcanic & does not degrade like perlite.
It can be expensive & hard to find.
Unifrow did sell large 1cu bags.
I buy a fee when I find it

I try to be very careful with potting as it takes a while to go bad & I had to repot everyone one year when I added something that went tragically wrong.

Some said it was from adding a soil conditioner but I never really knew.
A few months of thriving then a nose dive at the root zone.

I still have soilshock.

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My J105 from Brad opened its first bloom today.
she is spellbinding...got to get some pix

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:26 AM

You are right, it is hard to tell what soil mix works.
I try to avoid potting mix with moisture retentive stuff, already too much moisture here.
Re-potting everything will give me major backache for sure....no fun. So I completely understand how that feels. :o

J105 blooms are stunning. You are going to love it. They get darker and prettier in heat.
I used to have one but gave it away because it had no scent. Couple of times, dried/old blossoms had very mild wintergreen/minty scent but that could be just my nose trying to make up something.
How is yours? Any scent.
Most nurseries claim it is fragrant.
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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:50 PM

Right on my nose detects a minty fresh scent too.
Actually it does have scent just that scent can vary alot w temps/ time of day
moisture in air...lots of things including size /age of plant.

The color is to die for!
Exactly what I like. Alot like my siggy in color. It keeps well too
White w the darker & veining/
I have seen petals bend back but maybe thats in more heat? or older bloom?
I snatched it off day 1 to enjoy inside.

Theres 2 more that opened today.
I fought the urge to snatch them but will see what day 2 looks like on plant.
Its big & tex is good, love it a bunch but it does lack in the scent dept.
Can't ahve everything.

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