Sinns and Episcias and Streps, oh my!

korina(9b, Sunset 17)February 21, 2008

Hi all.

After two years of pulling my hair out, I think I can finally say that my inability to grow AVs is down to water; as in, pH 7.0. AVs, as everyone knows, like 6 - 6.5, and when they don't get it, bad things happen.

So, now that I have that straightened out, I wonder what the other Gessies like? Acid? Neutral? Alkaline? Neat? On the rocks? Shaken but not stirred??


Korina (a-snifflin' and a-blowin')

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irina_co(z5 CO)


we are in the same boat.

Chiritas and Streps actually like slightly alkaline soil. Petrocosmeas do OK too. Since you are in minis...streps are mostly large and very large. But pets and small chiritas will be right for you.



    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 7:19PM
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komi(z7/8 DC)

Well it's good you've got it figured out!

Of course, I second what Irina said. And please do add some mini limestone-loving orchids to the mix ;)

Oh, and you've probably considered ph-lowering products already? They are sold under ingenious names such as "pH down"?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 9:14PM
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korina(9b, Sunset 17)

Yikes! Sorry for the long delay; I claim illnes (but really I forgot about the post). Thanks Irina and Komi; I've been using white vinegar, even though it breaks down quickly. At least it's cheap and safe.

Annoyingly, my AVs are *still* tight in the centers; my Opt. EverSpecial is crispy as -- as something really crispy. It's one of two that are in soil, as the others are in semi-hydro. I left it on my desk, in office light only, for a week, so it's *not* too much light.

Grr! Argh!


    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 7:10PM
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