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Re: Soil mix

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Soil mix
  • From: Tim & Mary McNinch <Newton@coiinc.com>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 10:23:48 -0500 (CDT)


Each natural species developed in a soil mix that allowed it to survive in the
natural surroundings. Even if one has the patience, it is nearly impossible to
imitate the natural soil requirements of a given plant.

I have some Am. species that I simply plant right outdoors in the ground.
My soil
here has a high clay content, but not enough to cause severe problems. My
grow well, flower and reproduce. I am sure they would do better with more
attention to soil and fertilizers, but they do well and do not appear stressed.

The only rule I follow for potted Am. species is to provide them with PLENTY of
root space. If I see any sign of pot-bound roots, next year's pot get much
larger. I use a mixture of general purpose potting soil with garden compost. I
fertilize weekly and keep them well watered and well drained. I have never
had a
tuber rot (yet). I do not allow standing water in any of my Am. species.

As for over wintering, some Am. species do OK out of the soil, others should be
left undisturbed. Your best bet is to list the sp. you are most interested
in and
see who else responds.


Hope this helps.

Pugturd@aol.com wrote:

> Hello this is Brain Williams. I would like to know from the people who grow
> some nice size plants what are the best soil mixes to use. I have been using
> a soil mix of one part long fiber sphagnum moss. One part potting soil, and
> one part mini pine nuggets. This seems good for the Anthuriums and
> philodendrons but what about the Amorphophallus and other strange aroids. I
> have heard form using just rocks to using leafs. What is best?  I like a lot
> of others have had problems with rot. Especially with Amorphophallus.
>   Also would it be better for me to take the bulbs out of the pots in the
> winter and store in side were they will be drier? When should watering start?
> THANKS hope to hear some good information on this.

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