sifting my new 5.1.1 mix

mdlemonnewbieFebruary 3, 2013

what size sifter do i use when shifting through my bark, peat, and perlite?

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meyermike_1micha(5)

Pine bark fines are partially composted pine bark. Fines are what are used in mixes because of the small particle size. There will be a naturally occurring "perched water table" (PWT) in containers when soil particulate size is under about .125 (1/8) inch, so best would be particulates in the 1/16 - 3/16 size range with the 1/16-1/8 size range favored.

No need to sift the perlite unless it's mostly dust.

You don't sift the peat, uuse as is. Only one part of peat to 5 parts of bark and one part of perlite.

Don't forget to lime, adding about 1 Tbsp. per gallon.

Hope this helps.

Mike

This post was edited by meyermike_1micha on Sun, Feb 3, 13 at 15:05

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mdlemonnewbie

thank you so much. getting ready to repot today. wish me luck

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