Metro Mix Planting Results

stonesriver(6B Tennessee)July 23, 2007

I posted a couple of months ago asking about Metro Mix. It is available at most co-ops and, at least here, is less than $20 for a four cubic foot bag.

Anyhow, my Streps, Chiritas, Columnea and AV trailers are doing astounding things!

They are growing well, no yellowing leaves (it's been three months), lots of blooms. Very healthy plants.

From web site: "Formulation with Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, horticultural grade Vermiculite, processed Bark Ash, Bark, starter nutrient charge, Dolomitic Limestone and our long-lasting wetting agent."

I used Metro Mix 360 and coarse perlite with a 1-2 ratio of mix to perlite. I may use a bit more perlite the next time just because I want an even lighter mix.

I still have some of my gessies in 1-1-1 peat, perlite, vermiculite and the ones in the Metro mix + perlite (sitting right next to the others) are growing better and carrying more blooms and reblooming sooner.

I reservoir water and use 1/4 tsb Dyna-Grow to a gallon of water on all of my gessies.



Here is a link that might be useful: Sun Gro Site with Metro Mix

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Hi Linda,
Sounds like a great product to me. I tried finding a local source for it and came up with zip. Since it is a Candaian product I was wondering where you purchased it and how much it costs.
Fred in NJ

    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 12:36PM
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Hi Linda,
I did a search on Google and found a supplier about 40 miles away. It's near my daughters home so I can stop there when I go down to see the family.
Fred in NJ

    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 1:26PM
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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)

Hi, Fred:
I get it (and coarse perlite) at my county Co-Op. Seems to me it was around $35 for both. Each came in a four cubic foot bag.

BTW, I bought some cheese cloth, donned my mask, dumped some perlite in a cheese cloth lined collendar, rinsed it with the garden hose, spread the wet perlite in a shallow container and then left it outside in the sun to dry.

This gets rid of the finer particles and not so much "dust" when I mix my soil.


    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 3:18PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Linda - hi,

do you use it for wicking or bottom watering?



    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 8:01PM
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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)

Hi, Irina:

I use it for all types of watering: reservoir, bottom, Oyama Planters. A friend also uses it for mat watering. I also have some chiritas in regular pots and water them from the top.

When I find my camera I'll post photos.


    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 8:47PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)


- it is Very Interesting.

I was keeping off the mixes containing bark because I was afraid it would turn moldy on the wicks.

So - MetroMix 360! I am googling for it in CO right now.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2007 at 4:21PM
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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)


I use the one without coir. Metro Mix sure makes it easier when repotting time comes around to mix two ingredients together instead of three. :-)

My friend has been using it for years and I've been using it since April with no ill effects. I did discover one needs a little more than twice the perlite as Metro Mix.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2007 at 6:21PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Yes - Korina explained us the consequences of using coir. Looks like I wouldn't touch it with a stick.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2007 at 7:19PM
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I wanted to give some feedback about Metro-Mix 360. I have used it to do my repotting (half done), and am thrilled with the results. I made a mix of 1 part Metro-Mix, 1 part vermiculite, and 2 parts perlite. The one thing I have noticed is that the plants seem to not be so 'shocked' as they were last year. (yeah, okay, I didn't get to it six months ago.....) The first plants that were repotted about a month ago have responded very well, and the more recent plants look great too. And to commit another sin, I haven't bagged any of them after repotting. During the repotting, I have really taken them down in size and removed as much of the old soil as possible.

I think this is great stuff!

Barbara, coming out of the turkey coma..

    Bookmark   November 25, 2007 at 11:39AM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Yeah - turkey - and turned to be that I am the only one to eat a green bean casserole - I love it - but not THAT much... 4th day in a row..

For a present I got a bag of worm castings made out of a rabbit manure - so - double potency - the lady who tried it - to add to the soil - has streptocarpus baby blooming 6 weeks after separating it from a mama leaf. I am going to try it - just imagine - double pooped violets will take over the house - with vengeance!


    Bookmark   November 25, 2007 at 2:42PM
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billinsc(7B SC)

Metro Mix is the HEAT!!

Bill in SC

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 8:32PM
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robitaillenancy1(zone 5)

It looks like this product is made in Canada but it is not available in Quebec! Even the four sources in Ontario are not big cities. Must be a new product testing places in Canada.

It does look like most of the US is covered, however. We seem always to be a bit behind the times here.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 2:31PM
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