Turface-MVP....growing medium?

bronxfigsMarch 19, 2012

Just curious....

Can a containerized fig tree be grown in just straight, 100% Turface-MVP as the medium, together with a good fertilizer, like "Dyna-Gro Foliage-Pro 9-6-3" and also some macro-micro supplements? Do you think this will work?

Only asking, wondering.


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That is clay, I would say no.
I would have at least:
25% MVP
25% sand
25% small rock
25% Organic compost/soil
But Al the man to ask, he has been doing this for years.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 4:18PM
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Thanks for the reply. I have a feeling that straight Turface will not be a very good medium, but if you don't ask, you'll never know.


PS...I'm sure Al will set me straight when he reads my question.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 6:42PM
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7deuce(7 NJ)

That sounds very heavy especially when your fig gets bigger.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 11:27PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

You maximize root health by building soils that provide plenty of aeration, have good drainage, and don't hold significant amounts of perched water. I think Turface alone is probably too water retentive (it holds a LOT of water). You might try screening it to remove the finer particles and mixing it with an equal volume of crushed granite or perlite to reduce the soil's o/a water retention. You'd then essentially have the gritty mix sans bark.

I would urge you to base your soil on large particulates as the primary fraction. That usually means pine/fir bark or coarse inorganic ingredients like Turface MVP/Allsport, crushed granite, cherrystone, Manna Pro, calcined DE, ...... I never recommend sand, peat, coir, compost, topsoil in any container mix unless it's limited to a very small fraction with the rest of the ingredients being much coarser.


    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 9:01PM
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7deuce, Al...

Thanks for the comments, and technical explanation about the growing medium(s) for containerized plants. I really didn't think that straight Turface-MVP would be a good alternative, but I just had to ask.

Al...I will just keep growing in your mix.

Thanks, all, for taking the time to respond.


    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 7:15AM
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noss(Zone 9a Lafayette, LA)

Hi Al,

Would it help if some larger pieces of pine bark mulch would be added to potting soil? Would that keep the soil more open?



    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 8:51PM
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