potting mix

jonnie(4)March 30, 2014

Time to re-pot my Golden Barrels. I've been using Dry Stall (pumice) but what commercial potting soil should I mix it with? What ratio? The largest one is about seven inches in diameter and it pretty much fills the pot, any thoughts on pot sizing?

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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Jonnie, Well if I can share what I use it wont be anything special, I simple use Reg. cacti & succulent mix then I add some Perilite to the mix and thats it, simple. Ive never lost a barrel and they're actually pretty hardy, I have also planted them in the ground and never had a problem.

Greg

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 12:09AM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Sory it was post 2X

This post was edited by hijole on Mon, Mar 31, 14 at 11:26

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 12:21AM
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cactus_cowboy(z4 WY)

I mix up batches in my concrete mixer:

5 gallons loam (clean organic-free topsoil from my property)
2 gallons sand
2 gallons small gravel
2 gallons perlite

I sift the topsoil through a box with 1/4" hardware cloth in the bottom to screen out rocks, grass roots, etc... Cost for my soil mix is very low, the most expensive ingredient being the perlite.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 11:56AM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Cactus_cowboy, Now I like that, I always knew there had to be a better way to mix all the dif. soils, i like the cement mixer idea for sure, So now I'll have one on my list of things for the garden.

Greg

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 12:41PM
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cactus_cowboy(z4 WY)

The concrete mixer is great, very fast, easy and thorough.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 6:45PM
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