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Lately I've been using Hyponex by Scott's potting soil mixed with a good amount of perlite. Like Nitsua, I made a grave mistake by using no perlite at first and that was disastrous. 

 

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On 1/31/2016, 9:50:08, Pal Meir said:

The three main ingredients of my “standard” soil mix (only!) for small potted palms that require a fast drainage, and one example for a special palm (Syagrus insignis): Pine bark 2-8mm, Seramis® (baked loamy clay), LECA.

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So I was bored & decided to make a similar mix & keep a few Lyto's in containers. It drains very well. I may experiment with a few other palms in this mix.

The Turface was $17 for the 50 lb. bag & the clay pebbles were $26 & the Garden soil was $8

 

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35 minutes ago, Laaz said:

So I was bored & decided to make a similar mix & keep a few Lyto's in containers. It drains very well. I may experiment with a few other palms in this mix.

The Turface was $17 for the 50 lb. bag & the clay pebbles were $26 & the Garden soil was $8

Todd,

It's funny, I just looked up that thread last night to do the same thing!  I'm having some issues with some seedlings and believe it's a drainage issue.  Didn't think about using the Turface MVP - that seems to be the same stuff as Seramis.  Did you use the same amount of each in your mix?  Looks like you've got plenty of material for filling a BUNCH of containers - palms or otherwise!

Jon

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Didn't use a scientific method, just added  things until it looked good. Yes, the Turface is pretty much the same as Seramis.

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for the past few years I have been using a mix made up of wood chips, that have been composted,  perlite, and cocopeat and have had great results 

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This stuff has excellent drainage. Thanks for the tip @ Pal Meir  

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I have a Kentia growing in a pine bark + turface + chicken grit mix that I use for succulents and ficus’s. It requires more frequent watering/fertilizing, but it has a healthier appearance than my other Kentias in a coconut coir + perlite mix.

All of my other palms are in a potting soil + perlite mix. 

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1 hour ago, cm05 said:

I have a Kentia growing in a pine bark + turface + chicken grit mix that I use for succulents and ficus’s. It requires more frequent watering/fertilizing, but it has a healthier appearance than my other Kentias in a coconut coir + perlite mix.

All of my other palms are in a potting soil + perlite mix. 

That sounds like a mix I've read about in another garden forum several years ago.  I think it's "Al's gritty mix", isn't it?

Jon

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Hello, I finally get some good materials and I made a new mix. I read a lot of tips here about potting mixes and I would say, every person has own mix, because it contains available material in the country. I read also good references about Seramis which is quite expensive, for my palms it would mean more than hundred of liters, so I find instead of it this material:

- Leca with fraction 1-4mm (here it is called ceramsite, liaflor, liapor...), light airy material which can also holds some water

- Coconut fiber (here it is called lignocel)

- Perlite

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Water leaving pot very fastly and the mix holds exact amount of water for several days. It's very airy and light but doesn't contain nutrients (same as pine bark with seramis). Bigger plants will be feeded. Here is how the mix looks:

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And in pot:

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What do you think about this mix? It is good for seedlings and also big plants? Thank you for your opinions.

 

Happy growing, Vojtech

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Looks perfect, for small seedlings and for bigger palms.:greenthumb:

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I'm currently using a new mix of 50% coco husk (see pic1) and 50% mix of (1/3 coir, 1/3 perlite, 1/3 very coarse pumice, 2-5mm ).

 

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Seems to be giving excellent results for most palms. Coco husk is a natural inhibitor of fungi. Below a small selection of seedlings I currently have growing in this medium.

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Pritchardia Pacifica

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Licuala Grandis

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Johannesteijsmannia altifrons

 

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Pelagodoxa Henryana

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I’m currently using pro mix hp. Which is peat and perlite. Would adding bark chips be beneficial for my larger potted palms? I see that when I purchase them there chips in the soil. I usually repot and add promix in around the old soil 

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I use a mix of 15% perlite, 15% coarsed sand, 15% pine bark,  15% Lava, 15% pumice, 15% topsoil.  The remaining 10% are tuff, peatmoss aso. For older palms i increase the proportion of top soil. For some habitats i add lime (dolomite).  

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I use @ Pal Meir mix. 

Seramis - pine bark- crushed leca. It's work very well. The colour is so nice. Thanks Pal Meir. I'm your fan. :D20180705_061702.thumb.jpg.a9eb1430593e25

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I used to be a pure generic potting soil for potted plants, but have since switched to pure garden soil. In between those two was an array of mixes of potting and garden soil, but once I planted my sagos and saw the roots in the pure soil I was sold. I just use miracle bro garden soil. 

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Hello, I'm trying new mix. I read a lot of opinions and experiences before I started to buy any part of this mix

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It consist of:

Seramis, pinium bark chips 2-4mm, pumice, lava, perlite, Liapor 1-4mm (=baked clay, ceramsite), zeolite

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I hope my palms will like it, what do you think? Nutrients I'm going to add in watering 

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