the nitty gritty
I had some difficulty with hydroton providing the stability my newly potted up DRs needed. Annnnd I began to worry about the amount of water they were getting/not getting, etc. After a great deal of studying, and reading *every* GW post on the subject, I got to sourcing out ingred. for Al's famous gritty mix.
Thanks to Frank in the Bx for indicating that turface can be found at the auto supply store, as the stuff you use to soak up motor oil spills. That little tip saved DH from a trip to Copaigue. I got 40#'s for under 14$
I ended up buying the repti-bark, aquarium gravel (in lieu of grit, going to feed store this saturday but in the meantime..) and got to sifting. I just happened to have insect screening laying about & bamboo skewers too so I'm in business!
I read all there was to find about Al's gritty mix, and I have to say, that Al is one patient guy, lol! Although it's only been a day since I've switched them, the mix definately keeps 'em upright in the pot. I've also derived a great deal of satisfaction seeing *all* the water drain out of the pot yet remain wet. I loved the pretty pots but the more I read, the lack of drain hole made me more & more insecure.
I have only a couple of questions. I totally get the particle size thing, properties of chosen ingredients & the strong suggestion to fertilize weekly, weakly. As well as the recommended Foliage Pro.
*I'm wondering about re-potting. For those of you who have used the gritty mix, do you just re-use the same stuff when you pot up & just add a handful of bark fines?
*Is the gritty mix appropriate for DR seedlings or is the 5:1:1 mix better. If the latter is better than the former, at which point do you change over?
* Must the bark fines be pine or can it be cedar? I found the Garden Pro bark fines at Lowes at less than 5$/bag but it says cedar blend. Repti-bark was just under 20$ for Finally, thank you guys for a fantastically interesting read . Over the last 2 or 3 days, your conversations from January of this year till now of theories, pics of pets & plants have served to get me well up to speed & kept me quite entertained as well.