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Re: Burying pots in the ground

  • Subject: Re: Burying pots in the ground
  • From: "Diann Thoma" <diannthoma@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 03:47:57 -0000

I keep hearing about "soilless potting mix" but I never see it in the 
stores. I do occassionally run into some "potting soil" that seems fake, but 
it's never labeled "soilless."  What is that stuff, and what's it called, 
and where do you get it??

Thanks,
Diann


>From: Andrew Lietzow <andrewl@hostahaven.com>
>Reply-To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
>To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
>Subject: Re: Burying pots in the ground
>Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 22:44:48 -0500
>
>Hi Gerry,
>RE:>>One of my local hosta nurserymen said
>GE likes its roots confined, and I should try potting it, then sinking the
>pot in the ground. Comments?
>-------
>Mushroom compost, horse manure, or well composted organic matter... this is
>the stuff that great Hostas are made of.  You can, however, force more 
>foliage
>by constraining the plant but this provides, usually, a short term gain at 
>the
>expense of long term advantages.  I can't imagine that a 
>constrained/confined
>root system would be of benefit to the plant for the long term health of 
>the
>plant.
>
>As for soilless mix for pots.  Yes.  Soil is for outdoor locations and
>soilless mixes are for pots.  Soil in pots is usually not a good thing, 
>unless
>the soil is exceptionally light, as in the composted mix just mentioned.  
>The
>phrase "Hostas don't like wet feet" comes to mind.  Don't know is you can
>relate but the idea is that, following watering, all plants need to 
>"breathe"
>through their root systems.
>
>--
>Andrew C. Lietzow, Hacker - The ACL Group, Inc.
>..Also #1 Plantsman at http://hostahaven.com ...
>...1250-41st St Des Moines, IA 50311-2516 ......
>....515-274-0300 V/F 515-238-6558 Cell .........
>
>
>

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