Have You Seen This?

bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MIJuly 22, 2014

For years I used this mix for all of my plants. I used to purchase it by the case. For me it was better than sliced white bread! As with anything else, times and things change and well, I have been unable to find this or anything similar. Doing search finds that Miracle Gro supposedly makes this product, now and it is listed on their website. I have written their customer center and they are baffled that it appears on their site because no one has ever heard of it!!!!

I did find this posting but don't know its reference:


Contrary to what one would think, this is a wood particle product. It never compacts, water seems to run through quickly and it lasts for several years! You may barely appreciate what it looks like through the clear area at the lower end of the bag. So my question is, if anyone out there happens to see something similar, might be in a different container/bag, send me an email, please.


This post was edited by bikerdoc5968 on Tue, Jul 22, 14 at 9:00

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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

Lol, I don't know if there is unintentional irony here.... But I wonder if they've changed their packaging?


    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 10:25AM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

How would last year's black mulch work? I purchased some and never got to use it all and when I opened the bag, it was composted to a nice back easy draining soil. It was hardwood black died mulch. So signs of wood product was found. But sorry I can't help you. I'll keep my eyes open.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 2:52PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Yes! I found it ONCE, several years ago! It was great! Went back & could find no more! :( Where did you find it, Howard?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 11:27PM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

This package is the last one I have from more than 30 years ago. I used to purchase it, as I said, by the case; 24 bags per case. I only came in this size container. For the life of me, can't recall where I bought it, sorry. I wish I could find it again)-:

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 7:34AM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Howard, I can't say I've seen this interesting package either but now I'll start my search. Sounds like it could help out as far as fast draining soil mix.
Its funny that it was joined to the miracle gro ad and they were unaware of its existence, or maybe you spoke to the wrong department.

It kinda looks like a box of "Sugar Pops" Cereal lol..


    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 10:40AM
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I noticed scottsbrands.com sells a cactus mix by that name. It contains compost, sand, perlite, pumice. The package is different.

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    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 1:40PM
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But that bag couldn't possibly be in use now in the US or in Canada. Howard, how old do you think that one is?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:45PM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

No of course not... that bag is probably 35 years old. I found it buried in a box with other plant paraphernalia; didn't know I had any left... saving it as a memento.

As for the Scotts Brand product, that is what I found last year and NO BODY in their customer center even know it was their product. Yet even today their website has the product listed/pictured (see link).

Here is a link that might be useful: Black Magic Cactus Mix

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:51PM
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I've bought that before in Arizona, Howard, for plants that I've PIGed. If I used it for potted plants, I'd have sieved it.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 3:18PM
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Ok, gang I "live-chatted" with a supposed human named Andera of the Scotts Company and attempted to buy some; she/he said the company has discontinued it . I asked why, if that was the case, was it still advertised on their website and person said she/he would alert the powers that be and have it removed. I went on to ask if they actually made this mix themselves or if they were only a distributor, but I was met with silence and person cut off our chat. The mystery deepens...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:13PM
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bikerdoc5968 Z6 SE MI

Julie, Andrea is the only one on live chat for the company because that is the same person with whom I chatted earlier and was told the same thing to the word... What I can't believe is this product is still on their website for over a year and no one has addressed the issue!!!!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:17PM
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If we could get them to tell us if they make it themselves or are only a distributor that would perhaps let us track it to another company. hmmmn...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:23PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I remember those bags from childhood. Old, old company. MG likely bought it out to eliminate a competitor.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 4:31PM
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