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Posted by Atticus858 San Diego (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 29, 13 at 2:41

Hey, i have a question, a few months ago i grabbed some chalk lettuce plants, among the hundreds there were growing on a San Diego hill side, i took them home and haven't known how to plant them since, since i've grabbed them i've put them on top of my Orchid growing medium while i figure out how to plant them, it's been around 5 months now and they are starting to curl up and not look very good, what kind of growing medium should i use? And also i'm moving so i've had to transplant a few tree saplings, Japanese Plum, Angel's Trumpets and Redbuds, is it ok transplanting these? Do i have to worry about a high chance of failure?

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RE: Transplanting

For the Dudleya pulverulenta (Chalk Lettuce), you just need a very well-draining mix (if you are planting them in pots). For short-term planting, a 50/50 mix of perlite and a decent potting soil should work. For long-term planting, I'd recommend considering something like one of Al's mixes he talks about in the Container Gardening Forum. Here's a link to his latest addition of his post (it's the most read and replied-to post on all of GardenWeb): Container Soils - Water Movement and Retention XVII

Here's a link that you may find helpful about transplanting trees and shrubs: Planting a Tree or Shrub

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