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From: "WEAVER,BILL (HP-USA,ex3)" bill_weaver at hp.com> on 2002.04.03 at 19:46:58(8441)|
I have been using a 50/50 mix of pumice and commercial potting soil for my
(Supersoil from Rod McLellan Co)I found that using a similar ratio of soil
and perlite made
the mix too light to hold up the growing leaf, giving it a tendancy to pop
out of the pot on
windy days. I found that vermiculite held way too much water and as such was
for my conditions. (San Francisco bay area)
From: "George R Stilwell, Jr." grsjr at juno.com> on 2002.04.03 at 20:24:26(8449)|
Surprisingly, one of our local aroid growers has found that Metromix 360
is better than
anything else for potted seedlings/plants. I also have great luck with
the stuff. It's|
certainly available and easy to use.
Not as romantic as pumice, pine bark, Farfard, etc., but relatively
and it works. It's a Scotts product they inherited from W.R. Grace (I
think) so it
should be available anywhere in the USA at least.
Don't use it in the beds though. Any soil-less mix will have trouble
sharing water with
soil, particularly clay soil.
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From: "Clarence Hammer" chammer at cfl.rr.com> on 2002.04.04 at 16:36:25(8459)|
I find that seedling and young Aroids in small pots of 3 to 4" do well in
soilless mixes. It's the larger pots, one gallon and bigger, that I think
need the aeration of more 'crunchy' stuff. I've heard good things about
Metromix, but have never seen it here in central Fla. Will have to ask
Again, I think it depends your climate as to how moisture retentive you need|
your mix to be. The peaty 'straight
out of the bag' mixes are probably an advantage in less humid areas of the
country. Growing under cover, or
out in the yard would be a consideration too.
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