Dang it - Oyama Potting Question

mscynthia(8 - just N of Dallas TX)July 29, 2007

Just got my first Oyama pot and after potting up my only chimera (Sora Pink Clouds) realized I left the perlite out of the soil mix (not out of the base of the top pot).

The mix is Miracle-Gro AV soil, sifted to remove the sticks, and vermiculite. Probably a 60/40 ratio. Do I need to re-do this? If so, should I do the 1-1-1 mix of AV soil, perlite and vermiculite?

TIA,

Cynthia

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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)

Yes, you need to repot. You also need more perlite than a 1-1-1 mix. I use twice the perlite as Metro Mix. (see earlier post). My trailers, Streps and Chirita are in Oyama Planters; only my columnea aren't.

Linda

    Bookmark   July 29, 2007 at 6:57PM
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fred_hill(6)

By all means you should repot.
Fred in NJ

    Bookmark   July 29, 2007 at 9:31PM
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mscynthia(8 - just N of Dallas TX)

Well, spit.

Thanks, Linda and Fred. No vermiculite in the mix?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2007 at 10:55PM
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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)

Yes, you do want vermiculite. I use Metro Mix 360 which already has vermiculite in it.

Linda

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 6:57PM
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mscynthia(8 - just N of Dallas TX)

Okay, I mixed a ton of perlite into the AV soil/vermiculite mix and repotted the violet. Good thing, too - it was sopping wet. I laid the roots of the plant out on some paper towels while I was mixing in the perlite so some of the water could be absorbed.

HOWEVER, I notice today that all the water has been slurped out of the bottom pot. I assume all that perlite I added is what soaked the water up.

The instructions say to refill with water after the first addition of water has been absorbed. My thinking is not to do this since the rootball was so wet. What do y'all think?

The stress is wearing me out! :)

Cynthia

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 10:27PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Good job! and you are developing good instincts.

I.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 5:29PM
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mscynthia(8 - just N of Dallas TX)

Thanks, Irina. :) And thanks in general to everyone for their instructions and patience. I promise I'm doing my homework but reading and actually doing something can be worlds apart. And books and FAQs don't offer much reassurance.

I hope I know enough someday to be able to help newbies.

Cynthia

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 11:19PM
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