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Potting mixes (Post what you use & your experiences with diff media)
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Darkstorm
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March 10, 2011 - 5:55 pm
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Hi

Started this thread so we can share what potting mixes we use in our pots (maybe different ones for diff plants) and our experiences & what we've gleaned from using these mixes while growing

- Also, to give opinions about readymade potting mixes in shops

 

- I've been severly limited by the amount of materials available & can be procured easily 🙁

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 atm I use around  ;

  1 part soil+compost

  1 part coco peat

  A little organic fertilizer mixed in like,.. vermicompost or fertile earth

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- Am trying to get a hold of some perlite which would be a big help for some kinda herbs & plants

I generally  get my soil+compost mix from a local guy at the market, who just sells it in bags (not branded or anything)

I had gotten a couple of potting mixes (branded) from gardening shops, just to check them out.

who knows what they put in them.. maybe just dirt.. & they weren't very good

i had bought one such bag from Ratanshi's for example.. & the whole thing was like just a blob of clay once water was added dunno how it could even be called a potting mix. The few plants i tried… fared very badly in. it.. one died. Imagine the state of the roots of a plant in something like that..it would've been more suited to making a few clay shapes with it..- Of course such heavy soils affect some plants more than others..but this soil was unusually clayish.

- upto now, the soil+compost mix i get from the local market guy is like many times better than any of the few potting mixes i got from gardening shops,

I often try out small things… like making a ball out of different soils (each diff soil in a diff ball) & keeping them like that for like 24 hours. (or sometimes till tehy completely dry)

some get harder than others, & drier than others….. some get more heavy & clogged when wet.. & some much more clayish than others.. etc.

This has helped me learn a little, like see the state of the soin inside when it becomes dry & also..decide if i might use a certain mix for some plant.

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any advice about using charcoal bits in a mix ?

In Conclusion, i'd like to do more experimenting with diff types of soils & growing materials, with plants.

Anyone know of other materials ? Also if someone knows of places in bombay to get these materials…

 

many thanks

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Darkstorm

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swmitra
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I have tried using just the compost you get in bags from the nursery... they have worked for some, but I am not sure if that is the right thing to do... I tried growing coriander in them, they grew, but i also noticed worms moving around in the moist compost 🙁

 

Is it recommended to mix them with soil for sure?

 

Or using just the compost would do...

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sellulose
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Is there a recipe of making potting mix using household ingredients?

I have access to plain uncultivated field soil. But getting perlite, vermiculite etc is a distant dream since I stay far from the city. Also I only have 2 windows with grills getting around 3-4hrs sunshine.So there is not much space.

Im so confused about the right soil from my plants. Whenever I get a good growing plant from the nursery, it always gets from bad to worse although I water sufficiently to just make the soil moist in the evenings.

Im so crazy after plants but need someone experienced to help me and im ready to do anything to make my plants grow great as Im only a beginner.

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shaheen_lal
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December 1, 2011 - 7:50 pm
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Buy Khad from the same nursery where u buy d plants. Dig up a little of the soil around d plant, mix in a little of the khad (dried cowdung which is a very good fertilizer) and water as and when required. Dont just moisten it as water has to reach the roots of the plants which maybe deep inside so you need to water the plant enough for it to get fully wet. Maybe that is why your plants are not doing well. All d best.

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sellulose
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Thanks. I will try that.

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dominica
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Yes I agree with Shaheen, am using red soil and khad (cow dung) for my tomato plants they are growing well since last 1 month on my window grill.  I used plastic bags with holes in it and put the soil. Put tiles on the grill and kept  4 bags of the tomato plants which were transplanted in these bags.  I had just put the seeds removed from a tomato in the mud pot which had sprouted.

Read GG's post on growing spinach in cocopeat.  I am trying that out with equal quantity of cocopeat and khad (cow dung).  Let's see how it turns out in a month's time.  Leaves have sprouted.  The spinach sprouts get about 2 hours direct sunshine. 

Hope it turns out well.

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Dominica

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