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Does anyone have a recommendation for understory palms that prefer an alkaline soil?

I am re-potting some 1-gal Chamaedorea radicalis and starting some Cryosophila warscewiczii seeds. Wondering whether I should use a special mix, given that these species are said to grow in thin organic soils over limestone. My plants live outdoors in summer and indoors in winter.

Very much appreciate the expertise on this forum.

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Laaz

I put a bunch of radicalis in my 50/50 mix of Turface MVP & Miracle -gro Garden soil. They are growing quite a bit better than in the plain garden soil. It is impossible to over water this mix. Give it a shot.

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PalmatierMeg

Give them a very well draining growing like @Laaz does. I've found that palms native to alkaline soils are much more tolerant of varying pH than palms from acid soils.

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Brad Mondel

I use aragonite crushed coral available at most pet shops. It is limestone and alkaline fossilized coral and comes from under the ground so no salt issues. Buy the dry bag only.

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