Re: Soil mix!!
- Subject: Re: Soil mix!!
- From: "George R Stilwell, Jr." <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 14:24:13 -0600 (CST)
>The pine bark used in soilless mixes is finer particulate size and is
>composted so that most of the parts of the bark which are digestible by
>micro-organisms are used up with only the hard to digest lignified parts
>are left. The size of the pieces of pine bark are 1/4 inch or so and are
>not the big chunks you find used for garden mulch.
Quite true. I use a product called "Aged Base". I found out about it at
the J. C. Raulston
Arboretum where they use it by the 30 yard truckload. Unfortunately, the
that sells the stuff was bought by a bigger outfit, so I'm not sure it's
aged as well
any more. In any event, I add micronutrients and nitrogen to help it
Here's one very successful Azalea growers formula in 3 versions:
STANDARD LIGHT AZALEA
5 gal. 2 1/2 gal. 5 gal. sand
2 1/2 gal. pearlite
5 gal. 5 gal. 5 gal. peat
2 tsp. 2 tsp. 1 tsp. hyd. lime
6 tsp. 6 tsp. 1 tsp. dolomite
4 tsp. 4 tsp. 2 tsp. soluable fert.
That ought to be complex enough to keep all the "mix addicts" happy.
If not, here's another one:
GRACE Nursery Rhododendron/Azalea Growing Medium index
1 cu. yd. Concrete Sand
4 cu. yd. Ground Pinebark
Additives per 5 cu. ft. mix
5 lb. Slow Release Fertilizer
1 lb. Micronutrient Fertilizer
5 lb. Dolomitic Limestone
1 lb. Dry Wetting Agent
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