Soil?? 4, 2013

I'm going to be rooting a few OGR's next spring. My question is, what soil to buy. I've tried rooting the past several years with very limited success (maybe 20%). I used garden soil but it packs down and doesn't drain well. Wally World, Lowes, Home Depot or an on-line company. I just need some GOOD soil.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Perlite, or perlite and seed starting mix. It might be hard to find locally right now, depending on how much your local stores go by a calender. Next spring it should reappear.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 11:19AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I had really good luck using potting soil mixed with fine sand, and I threw some vermiculite in too. I had no problems with the stems rotting which I had using just potting soil. I'm not sure if the vermiculite is even needed, I may try without on some next time.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 2:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
garden2garden(z8 FL)

In my humid climate, I've had the best results with seed starting mix. Well draining was the key for me.
That and not packing down. I've been tempted to try straight perlite or vermiculite also, but I haven't yet.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 11:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
seil zone 6b MI

I use seed stater soil for my cuttings too. I've found it's lighter and drains well but still maintains a good constant moisture level.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 11:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

So can have yet another opinion, lol, I get best results with half coarse sand, half coir. Most of my failures are from rot, so a super-fast draining media & no baggies have worked best for me. I water the pots with a splash of peroxide, besides.

Using a commercial strength hormone like Rhizopon #3 made a noticeable improvement, too. Dip N Grow is very popular but hasn't worked as well for me but I'm trying it again. Also Clonex.
But several folks say honey works great for them--haven't tried it yet.

Probably the most popular method I read about is baggies--it just hasn't worked for me. And another poster uses pure compost. I hope you'll try several methods & medias because one of them is sure to be best for you.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 2:27PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
I have roots!
Thanks to all the lovely suggestions and help posted...
Beth9116 zone 8a TX
Rose seedlings coming up!
Just thought I'd let y'all know that I have at least...
Need advice on prepping rootstock...
I am just beginning to try rooting some DR HUEY for...
Why does one rose's seeds sprout more than another?
I just planted rose seeds from several of my roses...
Magic Wand
Does anyone have rooted cuttings of magic wand available?...
Sponsored Products
Awntech Beauty-Mark Nantucket 6 ft. Window/Door Awning - NT22-6B-SEAV
$459.99 | Hayneedle
Eternity Chevron Rug (5.3' x 7.7')
Florence 2345 Traditional Floral Area Rug (7'10 x 10'10)
Emile Henry 4.2 qt. Stew Pot - Figue - 374540
$100.00 | Hayneedle
Awntech Beauty-Mark Chicago 8 ft. Window/Door Awning - RC22-8B-SEAV
$599.00 | Hayneedle
Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Garland Rugs Ivy Navy 12 ft. x 18 ft.
Home Depot
Carpet Samples: Martha Stewart Living Flooring Hadlow Hall - Color Mariner 6
$4.85 | Home Depot
Ultra Sleek SmartStrand Area Rug (9' x 12')
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™