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Question about soil for Peruvian Torch
    #2449249 - 03/18/04 11:05 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I read Una's post where he described his soil mix for Peyote, which consists of 1/3 coco coir, 2/3 sand, and a little Marl (coral-derived limestone), and I am wondering if the same mix can be used for Peruvian Torch. I find that the cactus soil that is sold in stores usually consists mostly of peat, and it doesn't hold up columnar cacti very well.

I am thinking that sand and coir would be denser and heavier than peat-based cactus soil, so it would hold the cacti much better without having to be pressed very hard, and it would still allow water to trickle down between the grains of sand.

So could this 1/3 coir, 2/3 sand mixture be used for Peruvian Torch?



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Re: Question about soil for Peruvian Torch [Re: megaman3]
    #2450651 - 03/19/04 06:38 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

i do mine in a standard sweet soil
add about 10-20% peralite

then i just toss in a oven for a few hours.
seems to work well.


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Re: Question about soil for Peruvian Torch [Re: megaman3]
    #2454262 - 03/20/04 02:35 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

bump.

Would Una's sand/coir mixture work for Peruvianus?


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Re: Question about soil for Peruvian Torch [Re: megaman3]
    #2454272 - 03/20/04 02:38 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

just get some soil with ph around 5.5-6.5 with around 20% sand, and use some perlitte in the mix toon, 20% sounds just about right


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Re: Question about soil for Peruvian Torch [Re: shriek]
    #2454330 - 03/20/04 02:54 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Acid soil? But I thought neutral or slightly alkaline was the way to go..?


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Re: Question about soil for Peruvian Torch [Re: Openminded]
    #2455594 - 03/20/04 10:40 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

no you need to tip to the other side of the scale :smile: a little bit acid is the way to go, this goes for just about any cactus . same goes for the water you are giving the cactus, i try to use as much rain water as possible but if you have to use tap water let it be in a open container for some days also- alkaline and cactus is a no no but of course slighty alkaline will get the cactus to grow


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Re: Question about soil for Peruvian Torch [Re: shriek]
    #2456706 - 03/21/04 09:10 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Right, thanks for the info!!
This may explain what happened to my little pedro seedlings. In January I read that a top dressing of limestone is a good idea to get the pH up a bit, so I did that, when I got back home two months later they'd gone all red. I'm pretty sure it's not the lighting, since they were doing well before, and the only other thing that changed was the temperature - parents turned off the heating in my room to save power :sad:. But a dormant period is good... Ah, I dont know!!


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