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Question for tapla - 100% turface mixtures

posted by: dissident on 02.25.2009 at 10:08 pm in House Plants Forum

I've read through your threads and heard you mention that you have used 100% turface in some of your house plants.

I was just wondering if you noticed any benefit from using the crushed granite and barks in the mixture, and is there any practical purpose to adding them to a mixture other then adding an organic component?

Will the plants like having the fir bark in the mixture more then 100% turface? I know it makes the soil look pretty, but meh... functionality over style for me. :)

I'm looking for a mixture that will hold water a few extra days without watering while avoiding the problems with peat and it's tendency to displace water if allowed to dry out, so my plan was just to go 100% turface MVP ... deciding whether or not it needed sifting when I purchased it.

If I didn't sift do you think it would retain too much water on it's own without anything else added? These are houseplants in 6-8 inch pots.. nothing larger then that.

Thanks. :)

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Fertilizing with Gritty Mix

posted by: clairecathy on 11.05.2010 at 12:08 pm in Container Gardening Forum

I need to pin down some things about fertilizing with gritty mix.

Here's the info I have so far: "Add 1/4 tsp of Epsom salts per gallon of fertilizer solution every time you fertilize at recommended strength, or 1/8 if you fertilize at 1/2 strength, or a pinch if you fertilize every time you water at 1/8 - 1/4 strength (depending on how robustly the plant(s) is/are growing. You can add white vinegar to acidify, 1-2 T in a gallon of water."

I will be using the Foliage-Pro 9-3-6. Here are my questions:

1) Re: blueberries, because they like a nutrient-poor soil, will it be enough to fertilize only once a year, in the spring? (I've seen that recommendation but am worried it may not be enough.) If only once, then should it be at full strength or would that be too much?

2) Re: my fig, I thought I would follow the "pinch" of fertilizer with each watering during the spring and summer and then nothing in the fall and winter. Is that right, or do I stop when the fruit buds appear?

(For those who remember my mini-balcony aspirations, I don't need to ask about the Carrie mango I had planned on because I think that was taking on too much, too soon, for someone still near the bottom of the learning curve. Maybe next year.)

Claire

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