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JustAnotherRegularGuy
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« on: December 15, 2008, 08:37:13 pm »

I get people asking me all the time about what soil mix I use. By using this easy and cheap mix, I have never had a problem. It makes for a very light fluffy soil that drains well and gives the roots an easy time stretching out. It holds enough water that I water my plants about every 10-14 days depending on how dry I want to let the soil get.

It consists of 2 parts. Some people find a 50/50 mix also works well, but I find I like just a little less perlite than 50%. I eyeball the mix every time and I am sure there are some slight fluctuations for each plant's pot, but overall here is what it is:

Mix about 30%-40% Miracle Gro Perlite
Cost $3-$4 at Home Depot
UPC 032247427838



And 60%-70% Jiffy-Mix Professional Seed Starting Soil
Cost $4-$5 at Home Depot
UPC 033349416157




When mixed together dry it should look like this:




And when you have a plant in it just after watering it should look like this:


I hope this answers the questions about what I use and where I get the ingredients. Good luck growing!
JARG
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 08:47:29 pm »

Im going to use this fix for my soon to be cuttings! Thanks Jarg


On another similar note:

Just last weekend I was talking to a guy who was selling leaf for $5 a gram  Huh? Shocked about the type of soil needed to grow "good" salvia.  He was certain that if you didnt have (I believe he said) high alkaline soil that the plant would not be potent.  Is there any merit to that jarg or anyone else who is soil wise?

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009, 05:12:06 pm »

all salvia needs is to be generally healthy, and it will grow killer, potent leaves....slightly acid, like what you might find in fern glen or forest floor is perfect.......strong alkaline soils are  dangerous to most plants, 'cept those that have evolved in them...
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2009, 12:13:18 am »

Nice little addition to the cultivation section. Genius+.

Very simple and straight forward, and proven to work  Cool
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 08:42:25 pm »

very nice & looks to be very helpful soil mix thank you for this posting nice pictures
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2009, 04:58:06 pm »

After using this mix for over a year I have found that the perlite tends to creep upwards over time making the bottom half of the soil get more dense and compact. It works great if you repot to bigger pots every few months, but I had a few mommas for cloning that I left in a 10" pot and eventually the plants died after about a year. The bottom part of the soil had very little perlite left and it didn't drain water properly and became dense. Essentially it caused root rot and made it hard for the roots to grow. I am thinking about adding wood chips and sticks to my new soil mix to help keep the soil fluffy. Those things should have a harder time migrating to the top.

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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2009, 05:30:00 pm »

After using this mix for over a year I have found that the perlite tends to creep upwards over time making the bottom half of the soil get more dense and compact. It works great if you repot to bigger pots every few months, but I had a few mommas for cloning that I left in a 10" pot and eventually the plants died after about a year. The bottom part of the soil had very little perlite left and it didn't drain water properly and became dense. Essentially it caused root rot and made it hard for the roots to grow. I am thinking about adding wood chips and sticks to my new soil mix to help keep the soil fluffy. Those things should have a harder time migrating to the top.

JARG

what type of wood chips would work? I read that cedar chips contain a toxic resin which is bad for plants, and not only that but adding chips to soil can damage the nitrogen levels. Thanks for the update!
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2009, 06:17:07 pm »

Jupe would be the one to know the "woody bits". He uses something woody for his outdoor plants to great success. I guess I should have done some research before I just went out and bought a big bag of cedar chips. I just put my first plant outside using a soil mix that contains cedar chips. Time will tell if this was a good idea or not. So far in the past couple of days this plant has been doing very well and loving it's new environment. I can see bad things happening to your plant if you use cedar mulch that has been dyed a certain color, but I used regular old plain cedar. Fingers crossed, and so far so good...

(Yes there are drainage holes in the bottom of this 5 gallon bucket)



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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2009, 10:20:46 am »

Looks nice dude! I use tons of perlite too!
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