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Favorite/best potting soil?
    #27468623 - 09/14/21 10:18 PM (11 days, 3 hours ago)

I'm curious to hear what works for you all. I've found vast differences in quality and it matters a lot.

For most stuff I find Scott's topsoil to be the best. It's because they add native soil to it, meaning you already start off with some of the right bacteria. There's a warning on the bag that says to not use it for indoor plants, of course I ignore this.


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: CreonAntigone] * 1
    #27468787 - 09/15/21 02:04 AM (10 days, 23 hours ago)

In parts:

Most cactus and plants: (1) scoop of top soil I scrap and sift from the forest floor, (1) scoop of vermiculite, (2) scoops of coco-coir. I include varying amounts of local creek gravel screened with a half inch mesh. Varying amounts of amendments like cow manure, greensand, etc, if I have them on hand.

If potting desert cactus, I include varying amounts of local creek sand screened with a half inch mesh.

Next year, I intend to try BM6 potting mix from Berger since it works great for annuals. Although I may need to add lime to it to correct the PH for Trichocereus. It's more expensive than my own mixing but possibly more effective. This is a commercial potting mix for nursery businesses and I know of one other that uses it.


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: DancingWolf]
    #27468851 - 09/15/21 03:45 AM (10 days, 22 hours ago)

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In parts:

Most cactus and plants: (1) scoop of top soil I scrap and sift from the forest floor, (1) scoop of vermiculite, (2) scoops of coco-coir. I include varying amounts of local creek gravel screened with a half inch mesh. Varying amounts of amendments like cow manure, greensand, etc, if I have them on hand.

If potting desert cactus, I include varying amounts of local creek sand screened with a half inch mesh.





This is a great idea! You're collecting the fresh native soil yourself. I have to try that.

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Although I may need to add lime to it to correct the PH for Trichocereus.




What PH do you aim for? Do you use one of those soil testers?


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: CreonAntigone]
    #27469189 - 09/15/21 12:17 PM (10 days, 13 hours ago)

Nope, I don't PH test but I do know my local soil is very alkaline. The BM6 is allegedly acidic.


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: DancingWolf]
    #27469999 - 09/16/21 12:31 AM (10 days, 1 hour ago)

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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: StanleyTheObese]
    #27471434 - 09/17/21 10:07 AM (8 days, 15 hours ago)

Promix.


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: Brian Jones]
    #27471443 - 09/17/21 10:15 AM (8 days, 15 hours ago)

I usually use coast of Maine, but recently picked up some promix on sale, plants seem to be doing well


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: Freefrom]
    #27473445 - 09/18/21 10:17 PM (7 days, 3 hours ago)

I get Fox Farm Happy Frog by the pallet (60 bags of 2 cubic feet) and use it for everything I grow.
Depending on the soil conditions needed, it will be amended accordingly.
I usually screen it down to half inch to remove bark and debris.


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: turtle_hermit]
    #27474985 - 09/19/21 11:54 PM (6 days, 2 hours ago)

Would fox farms ocean forest work for mine?


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: Hobbit GDF]
    #27476429 - 09/21/21 03:18 AM (4 days, 22 hours ago)

Ocean Forest is often recommended, usually with additional pumice added.


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: flickedbic]
    #27476438 - 09/21/21 03:35 AM (4 days, 22 hours ago)

I'm in Oz so don't know all the brands. It's not hard. I buy the cheapest crappyist potting mix and add some small river pebbles, a handful of sand and 20% perlite? .  Works for me.


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: Heart of darkness]
    #27476439 - 09/21/21 03:37 AM (4 days, 22 hours ago)

Once they take off, ( growth pups roots) I whack them in improved sand soil in the ground. Give them worm juice and water. You can watch them grow. Love it. HOD


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: Hobbit GDF]
    #27476625 - 09/21/21 09:30 AM (4 days, 16 hours ago)

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Would fox farms ocean forest work for mine?






i want to transplant them into bigger easier pots. i should do that before winter right. i should do it soon?


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Re: Favorite/best potting soil? [Re: Hobbit GDF] * 1
    #27476868 - 09/21/21 01:33 PM (4 days, 12 hours ago)

Yes I would repot now.  Ocean Forest is often recommended, usually with additional pumice added.


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