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Best Draing Soil For Palms?

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Does anyone know of a good draining soil for all palms? Please tell me the name of it, if you can! Thank you!

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Pal Meir

There is NO soil that is good for ALL palms.

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PalmTreeDude
28 minutes ago, Pal Meir said:

There is NO soil that is good for ALL palms.

Like a general soil that is good for at least most palms, like a huge mixture?

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Brad Mondel

I mix 75% garden soil (not top soil) and 25% perlite. Potting mix has too much peat moss which holds too much moisture. For desert palms I do 50% garden soil and 50% perlite and a top dress of pea pebbles. 

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kurt decker

If you are getting soil made for you, here is a great mix. It's called Atlas 7000. 40% canadian peat, 30% DOT grade silica sand, 20% cypress sawdust, and 10% perlite. Amended with dolomite to ph 6.5, with added mag sulphate and TSP. Very heavy, but very porous, doesn't break down quickly. Especially useful with big rooted carribean stuff.

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kirkhutch

I would watch out for some soil as that sold in the box stores can have high concentrations of salts. Apparently the manufacturer will dampen the soil while producing it (not sure why). If they are using treated water this can result in salt accumulation. I have a neighbor that was having issues growing his tomatoes this year so I tested his soil (Kellogg brand) with a salanity meter. The salts were super high. He shifted to another brand and it resolved the issue. I've since tested others and have found high salt concentrations in some. I now purchase a locally made mix by the yard and it works well and has low salt content. Just another consideration. 

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