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Turface-MVP....growing medium?

Posted by BronxFigs Zone-7 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 19, 12 at 14:52

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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RE: Turface-MVP....growing medium?

  • Posted by jolj 7b/8a-S.C.USA (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 20, 12 at 16:18

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.

RE: Turface-MVP....growing medium?

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.

RE: Turface-MVP....growing medium?

That sounds very heavy especially when your fig gets bigger.

RE: Turface-MVP....growing medium?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 23, 12 at 21:01

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.


RE: Turface-MVP....growing medium?

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.


RE: Turface-MVP....growing medium?

  • Posted by noss Zone 9a Lafayette, L (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 24, 12 at 20:51

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?



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