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Re: Aroid-L Digest, Vol 74, Issue 19 re rootbound or not

  • Subject: Re: Aroid-L Digest, Vol 74, Issue 19 re rootbound or not
  • From: "John" <criswick@spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 19:36:20 -0400

Once you apply the principle of oxygen + water + nutrients you should succeed.  John.


From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of CGeat25049@aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 1:34 PM
To: aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid-L Digest, Vol 74, Issue 19 re rootbound or not


Hello all,

  I am the sort of person who believes in big pots.  I am only a bit more cautious when dealing with xerophytes. In the beginning, I followed the herd and moved the plants up two inches. Now If I have a four , I might move it up to an eight or ten. A ten to a thirteen ( cuz that what I always have on hand),etc .

   If have a plant that seems to have a very vigorous root system, the jumps between sizes may be more extreme. I figure it's time to pot up when I see roots peeking from the bottom or when an inspection shows roots going around the surface of the rootball.

  I do use a very porous mix  as follows

one part loam

one part promix bx

one part play safe mulch ( coarse cedar)

one part pine mulch fines

one part coarse perlite

a handful or two of slow release fertilizer ( using one of those big muck buckets).

 If I'm potting up aroids, I might be inclined to increase the play safe mulch. I used to use orchid bark , but the mulch runs about $3 for two cubit feet.

   I don't know if the plants appreciate the big pot more or the aerated media but i am generally successful in growing plants to specimen size.

 Cherry G

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