With all due respect to the companies and
researchers who have done such valuable work, all that matters is that you
learn how to water. If you get that wrong, you can blame the mixes, blame the weather,
blame the size pot, but it is you who are to blame if things go wrong. A good
commercial grower knows that it is his/her most experienced person who should
be holding the hose.
That said, the value of the research work
has been in developing mixes that allow us to slack off in our observation of
what is going on with the plants, and give us a little slack.
Read your plants, learn how to water and
if you only have time to grow six plants properly, don’t try to outdo
your neighbour by growing two hundred.
I know, I killed off a bunch of my beloved
gingers after switching to a coir-based mix, and not realising what a bear it
was to water properly.
firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of hermine
December 17, 2005 1:29 PM
To: Discussion of aroids; Aroid
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Let's talk
commercial mixes, eh?
Thank you for your indulgence!
Ok Ken, it is I who thank you and ask in advance for permission to post
your findings here and there on various lists where folks kvetch about their
soil mixes, as an ongoing issue!
We also wonder if we need to crank up the concrete mixer to make soils. i
believe that all the locally available soil mixes are some form of pulverized
garbage, TV sets, dead lumber and detritus, and dyed different colours to
indicate what "natural" substances they might contain, based on my
requirements. (ie, dark brown dye for leafmold, and so forth).