FRITO Posted October 23, 2007 Report Share Posted October 23, 2007 Dirt isn't dirt if you havn't figured out by now. I know many diffrent mixes can be concocted. But like with my mixed drink - Jack Daniels and Coke, I like to keep things consistant. I have heard of things like coco coir, washed river sand, pine bark, top soil, perlite or vermiculite, compost, packing peanuts, etc. all being used in diffrent mediums. Im looking for a good consistent mix for seedlings up to 3 gallon plants where the palm root activity is very important part in this stage. Heres what I think a good palm soil should consist of: light not "heavy" well draining hold in just enough moisture without root rot gets wet evenly after drying out All nutrients + micros Am I searching for the Holy grail? I hope not. I wouldnt think so. Currently my soil mixes have been on the heavy side. I have been using black cow compost and topsoil with peat humus mix with perlite + osmocote slow release scattered in and part local good ole dirt from the yard.(clay and sand) it compacts pretty well after a watering one or two time and holds in lots of mmoisture, in a drier climate this probably wouldnt be as bad, but my pure filiferas have turned to casualties in our annual 60" of rain + humidity. I havnt found a good sourch of perlite in bulk otherwise I think that would help out a lot and give me a lighter freely draining mix. Although, I have acccess to polystyrene packing peanuts throwing these in a shredder and adding to a soil mix seems like a good idea to give me a free driaing mix and oxygen to the roots and recycle at the same time. Anyone have experience on this? starch based peanuts are soluble in water and are even edile so they wouldn't be a good candidate for soil use. please post your experiences and suggestion here. thanks, Luke heres two nice Butias to look at: Luke Tallahassee, FL - USDA zone 8b/9a 63" rain annually January avg 65/40 - July avg 92/73 North Florida Palm Society - http://palmsociety.blogspot.com/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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