Re: [Aroid-l] A ANSWER OF TYPES " The cement mixer please" or "The five gallon bucket and a paint stick"
- Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] A ANSWER OF TYPES " The cement mixer please" or "The five gallon bucket and a paint stick"
- From: "Greg Dorst" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 20:15:13 -0600
" The cement mixer
please" or "The five gallon bucket and a paint mixing
That is a good question. I can not say I have
got "the answer" but I can tell you that a friend of mine faced with the
problem, adding soil to pots without disturbing the rooting....
Now a bit of background on my friend.
Plant lover in spare time and by trade a cement
worker. .... Now that out of the way, he uses a "slurry of potting
soil". The slurry appears like a bit over watered cement. The
extra water is there so you can obtain the flow of the slurry into the cavities
and spaces you want to fill. You want to be sure that
you allow the excess water to freely run out of the pot, be it
bottom hole or the way you tilt it so over the edge it goes. Use a
second container to catch the spillage. It works very well for me. I have
used the cement mixer and you can fill about 40 pots in less than 5 minutes with
two people! I have obtained the same results with a five gallon bucket and
a paint mixing stick by mixing and pouring at the same time. Speed not an
issue with me but its the fastest way to fill pots in advance and in one step
mix the potting soil, and add any other items you want to introduce into the
soil at the same time. After you use an electric cement mixer you
will want MORE POWER. SMILE
" The cement mixer please" or "The five gallon
bucket and a paint mixing stick"
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, November 21, 2004 6:19
Subject: [Aroid-l] general question
A year ago last summer I had an Alocasia
hybrid that if it were growing straight would have been about 7? tall. However
it had flopped over with the stalk in a big S shape. The plant was therefore
about 4? tall and 5? wide. It became too unwieldy to handle so I cut off the
top leaving about 4? of stalk assuming it would grow from the good roots. But
I couldn?t throw away the cut off top portion so I stuck it in a 5 gallon pot
with sphagnum around it. It?s been growing since then and now has 5 leaves on
it. But it is time to give it some soil. How do you suggest I do this? I?m
sure there are roots all thru the moss and to try to separate the roots from
the moss would certainly cause much damage to the roots. However, I can?t just
add soil to the pot.
Before I dump it out and try to remedy
the situation I thought I would ask you, the experts.
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