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Sent: Wednesday, September 08,
2010 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid-L
Digest, Vol 74, Issue 19 re rootbound or not
I am the sort of person who
believes in big pots. I am only a bit more cautious when dealing with
xerophytes. In the beginning, I followed the herd and moved the plants up two
inches. Now If I have a four , I might move it up to an eight or ten. A ten to
a thirteen ( cuz that what I always have on hand),etc ..
If have a plant that seems
to have a very vigorous root system, the jumps between sizes may be more
extreme. I figure it's time to pot up when I see roots peeking from the bottom
or when an inspection shows roots going around the surface of the rootball.
I do use a very porous mix
one part loam
one part promix bx
one part play safe mulch ( coarse cedar)
one part pine mulch fines
one part coarse perlite
a handful or two of slow release
fertilizer ( using one of those big muck buckets).
If I'm potting up aroids, I might
be inclined to increase the play safe mulch. I used to use orchid bark , but
the mulch runs about $3 for two cubit feet.
I don't know if the plants
appreciate the big pot more or the aerated media but i am generally successful
in growing plants to specimen size.