Maybe you are trying to assure that your cacti are 'fed' well - but how much manure is there in substrates they grow in in their natural habitat? For the moment I live in the dirty south in an apartment built in the early 1900’s. All of my succulents were planted in well draining pots some with bonsai jack gritty mix #111 and some of them werent transplanted yet so they were in regular soil , all of them were watered and cared for properly and every single one that was in this soil developed root rot and started dying. It is best to use high quality succulent soil, like our Succulent Soil 111 gritty mix, which allows the soil to fully dry out between watering. What I bought was labeled #9 aggregate, but looks exactly like pea gravel. Oh I know, but after two or three days, leaves are actually starting to shrivel. Good question. Some of my cacti have grown big now (24-inch pots) and I like to save money when I can. Welcome to the American south east. I am currently cutting out all pine bark (I use bonsai jack, sometimes alone, sometimes as a base) because they are dirty little disease flakes. Specifically formulated for daily watering of succulent and cacti, even using a very specific type of nitrogen. For my Adenium, I substitute coco coir chips for the orchid bark and do NOT add manure. And they could contain too much salt if harvested from the ocean. Rina, I wasn't questioning if there were succulents that like limestone, I've seen enough if your posts to know you're probably right! Crushed granite? There are concerns about pH and using crushed oyster shells in mixes. But I think you can gather the me having no friends thing from like....everything. Subject to change. It is a bit pricey, but it's worth it if you are investing in varieties that are not readily available. I have repotted my succulents, and they seem to be thriving so far. But can someone tell me what was the intended benefit of using bark in the gritty mix? And I'd probably puncture a tire running over them! There was quite a bit of discussion about it and I believe with Al too. They have substituted granite with calcinated clay, which is lighter by weight, and a 5.5 PH. @asclepiad_fan How did your mix with 25% sand work? Now acrylic pieces, very expensive and I believe I said I was on a strict budget. Its OK not to have in-door plants. Can you turn the table so that it runs horizontally with the window and add a rug? Why Mountain Crest Gardens loves Bonsai Jack® soil: This premium soil is our go-to for indoor succulent growing. Crushed shells are very common for poultry as it gives them calcium while also aiding their gizzards. This helps prevent the spread of invasive species and provides some residual pathogen control for your plant. Bonsai Trees 1-5 daysAverage Particle Size: ¼ inchAverage Pine Coir Size: Dust to 3/8th inchMinimum Aggregate Size: 1/8th inchMaximum Aggregate Size: 3/8th inchApplication: Acid loving plants including succulentsCondition: Sifted, washed, treated, dried, and bagged. I have experimented with mixing that with other things, finding similar ingredients ect. Pine Bark Fines; Bonsai Block ; Monto Clay; Douglas Fir Bark Fines; Pumice; Lava Rock; Horticulture Charcoal; Pine Coir; Samples; Search for: Search. If you don't have time, no problem........just buy something else interesting for you home. First off, I'd like to thank tcufrog for the info on Whiz-Q Stone (I am so there!! It helps prevent the most common succulent killer: rot. :). on another thread, Rina was expressing concern about a component of my gritty mix that looks the same as your pea gravel. 4) We are going to purchase additional plants of the kinds we already have and arrange the beds using the "rule of 3". For example, while Turface is usually only available in 1/8â³ particles, Jack has been able to get a 1/4â³ size, specifically to use in this mix. 88. For example, is there an explanation what ..."very specific type of nitrogen"... is - how it works and why? It is perfect for succulents, cactus, bonsai and other acid-loving plants. I wet my mix and this prevents the perlite from floating above as I mix. I think it's possible that I use the largest pieces out of all of us. Nothing really degrades, so that's a plus. Contains no heavy potting soil ingredients such as sphagnum or peat moss. I only give my cacti food a few times per year (Spring and Summer). Yeah, unfortunately I was too poor to finish perusing my biotechnology degree. 7 Bag Sizes Available. ), marrianette for the lantana suggestion and rudysmash for the awesomely detailed ideas! Bonsai Jack succulent soil mix is used by professionals and hobbyists alike to enhance all sorts of succulent plants, including echeveria, crassula, lithops, jade, aloe, haworthia, crassula, and hundreds more. Secondly, it is not a little poop. It will not damage roots on cactus and succulents. This gritty mix business is a little bit overwhelming. I do not use bark in mix for succulents but not because I do not like it, but because it isn't easy to find in smaller size. (Lower 48 States), Fast Draining – Fights Root Rot – Optimized pHFREE USA SHIPPING. Contains no heavy potting soil ingredients such as sphagnum or peat moss. 4 years ago If be surprised if they are very fine fines, because we also don't want them in bonsai soil. The cactus was thriving and did not show signs of stress because of salt (It was washed) or alkalinity (because of oyster shells). FREE USA SHIPPING; Contact Us; â¦ That's all. I believe I read lots about fertilizers to know that "Super" or "Special" etc. I will get a few example pictures. All Rights Reserved. Once again, only as a base ingredient). Recently I found a bag of API aquatic plant medium. At least I will be next week! She thought it may be limestone which is not good for most succulents. Bulk Density:.350 ounces per cubic inch pH: 5.5 Re-water Days: Succulents 5-30 days. Do you knock them with a hammer to get fine grains? Half of our residents are snowbirds. Sorry about the growlight party colors. Soil Mix: Bonsai Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111Ingredients: 33% Pine Coir, 33% Bonsai Block (1/4 inch calcined clay), and 33% Monto Clay (1/4 inch)Bulk Density: .350 ounces per cubic inchpH: 5.5Re-water Days: Succulents 5-30 days. Do you, by a chance, have photo of the mix you use right now? The grain size is almost like that of brown sugar grains. As for fertilizer, if I use any, it is only one. A lot of people have mentioned MILT, but I don't like them........If you must have a plant, just buy some flowers at a local market that are in season, then when they fade away, wait a week or two and buy another bunch and enjoy. There were a few different varieties of smooth river rocks I liked more aesthetically but way more expensive than pea gravel. I am going by what some other ppl, that fertilize regularly, say since I don't. Provide your prized plants with a potting soil that mimics their natural dry environments. In response to Mymabee, I live in a gated community for seniors therefore there are no children around here. Contains Bonsai Block®, Monto Clay® (1/4 inch Montmorillonite) and Pine Coir (pine fines). It seemed like a promising thing and was super cheap. My plants in cheap soil with junk thrown in to hold them over ended up THRIVING. © 2020. Many cacti grow in limestone and may not do so good in more acidic substrate. Pls. 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The wall will follow along similar curves as the bed's outer perimeter and we will butt both ends up against the existing house brick and mortar them so that the wall has a professional, supposed-to-be-there look to it. Bark is supposed to be cheap filler. But I guess they can be washed/rinsed. Btw, maybe I missed it, but is there drainage hole(s) in your present containers? IDEAL FOR ACID-LOVING PLANTS: Bonsai Jackâs ultra-lightweight and airy succulent growing soil is optimized for pH of 5.5, â¦ Continue this thread Also, I have about... 9? I have already planted something in just this mix, but I was wondering what could be added to make it even better? Definitely use plastic if you have 2 inch pots or you will have to water very often. correct me if wrong. This is also required to maintain six nursery stamps that allow us to ship to all 50 states. Rina, I definitly research every individual ingredient in my ferts. Proven number one seller. Bonsai Jack succulent soil mix is used by professionals and hobbyists alike to enhance all sorts of succulent plants, including Echeveria, Haworthia, Crassula, Lithops, Jade, Aloe, Crassula, and hundreds more. I wonder what bark has been mixed in if you consider it ..."dirty little disease flakes"... Maybe it was just a bad batch? It's readily available here in just about any size desired. It is a bit pricey, but it's worth it if you are investing in varieties that are not readily available. Free Economy (1-7 Business Days) shipping on all orders and products to the lower 48 states. . I just figured that was one more chance! Minimum Aggregate Size: 1/8th My plants have never been happier! I never had any issues with bark and pests, but mine was reptibark and quite expensive. We're thinking of going with a flame vine/orange trumpet vine alone or possibly with the emerald jade vine. Bonsaï Succulent et Cactus Sol - Jacks Gritty Mix #111 - Drainage rapide - Lutte contre les racines - pH optimisé, 2 quart: Amazon.ca: Terrasse et Jardin When I first started using gritty mix (thanks to Al! I like keeping my retention around there to minimize effort for watering and still get good growth. I do not add enough to significantly increase PWT at the bottom of pots. Perfect for succulents, cactus, bonsai, and other acid loving plants. I collect whatever amount is necessary and wash before I use it. My “real job” is in IT so I’m all about the details and the spread sheets and making things complicated in order to fight the maliase of my unfulfilled life. (There's an occasional bark piece in my mix because I've tossed in some from here and there.) Will not damage roots. All with different lights and airflow and purpose. Now with Pine Coir for better performance. Get it as soon as Fri, Sep 11. I never read anything that says what would happen to a plants that prefers non-limestone substrate if it was grown in a limestone substrate. I just report my succulents to my new soil mix that i bought it from bonsai jack website. I would highly recommend it for your drier â¦ This is truly my passion so I’m never really satisfied. I read up and on Bonsai Jack Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111, and gave it a try. Then I just mix 'em up! This ensures you receive material free of dangerous pathogens that can damage or kill plants. So the three-component one I understood the most is grit/perlite/turface, first and last of which I don't have. I have spent years of trial and experimentation trying to choose the right one (I actually have about 4 others for different plants and times of year. It could be attributed at partially to do with my measurement method too. This is turface (I buy it in 50lb bags for approx. 4.7 out of 5 stars 2,249. Rylee - Took some measurements today and the fertilizer levels with Lechuza Pon after half a year look to be around the same (bigger pots) or less (smaller pots) than what I was doing with regular Foliage Pro fertigation and my gritty mix. Between the lava rocks and pea gravel (the latter being really heavy), the perlite can't float in the mix. I use it but only about 10-20% of total volume. These are my succulents. Products containing organic material may have been treated with one or more of the following to ensure multi-state compliance: All Bonsai Jack® soil products will ship directly from the Bonsai Jack packing facility in Florida, separate from any MCG plants. What did that organic component supposedly do for the mix? Personally I never tested/bought the stuff but I did look into it years ago before making my own mixes. Is that a good idea to harvest oyster shells and then run over them with your car and crush them? Other acid loving plants that prefer a fast draining soil blend to prevent root rot. Get it as soon as Fri, Sep 11. Optimized pH of 5.5. Lemme know if you have any recommendations! Base of my weather and the location that I am living. When I finally get a bigger house, it’s really on. Too light, too heavy, too big, not wet enough—just right (for me). Get your facts straight, first of all residents are required by the rules to walk their pets with a leash, something many are violating. (Most likely next year)
Thanks again to all! As I said though, I have a lot of plants, so I have sizes ranging from a foot to less than an inch. IDEAL FOR ACID-LOVING PLANTS: Bonsai Jackâs ultra-lightweight and airy succulent growing soil is optimized for pH of 5.5, water absorption, evaporation, bulk density, and particle size. Before a while, I took a cactus out of its pot and planted it in the garden. As I understand it, small particles like that will give you more perched water table (PWT), and it will also increase the adhesion of water to the top of the soil after a watering. Then if that doesn't hold enough water, Turface is often used. I can't comment on premade mixes like ones sold by Bonsai Jack since I never used it; I make my own. I buy orchid bark mix from http://www.calwesttropical.com. Many cacti, specially those of Mexican habitat, DO like limestone, they grow amongst great chunks of the stuff. Many fungal diseases are results of high humidity. Manure isn't generally recommended to be used in containers. :-), Now that you mention it, I have seen houses around here with the crushed shell driveways. I only recently started this so cant say for certain on my opinion. But that's a whole lot of work when you can buy a large bag fairly cheap. Sorry for the long messages. Anyhow, bonsai jack has been working well. It is much better to read product label, and educate ourselves on function of each. They may change pH of your mix. Free 2-day USA shipping for soil and soil component orders totaling 2 gallons or less. Sand helps adhesion and retention, which is helpful for some plants. Pots; Literature; Cut Paste; Drainage Screens; Lime Sulfur; PPE; Samples; Top Dressing; Soil Components. Turface alone may not be best for succulents. FASTEST DRAINING SUCCULENT / CACTUS SOIL AVAILABLE! So if those cities are using glass in the islands of the roadway, that is more open and accessible than my place. Free shipping on orders over $59! After many years together they seem to understand my routines—get with the program—and seem to be happy. I guess I just enjoy the complexity of experimenting with various nutrients and soils. I grow several different sizes of plants, but I mostly have 2 inch and 4 inch pots, as I greatly prefer small plants. It seems that my cacti love it. We're hooked and we're never looking back! In my location, I can get them easy and cheap and they also work great for seedling mixes. But not so good for plants. Bonsai Trees 1-5 days Average Particle Size: ¼ Inch Average Pine Coir Size: Dust to 3/8th. This past year it seems like if I run over anything harder than butter I poke a hole in the tire. Grace, that's what I'm looking for, thanks. I have some pots where my mix from 3+ years ago are just reused with additional mix when repotting. Perfect for succulents, cactus, bonsai, and other acid loving plants. I have different combinations and added micro nutrients for each plant. It seemed like a promising thing and was super cheap. I do not have a list, but not all succulents grow in limestone, in their natural habitat. Ranges from pure pumice, to grit/turface/pumice, to Lechuza Pon. Proven number one seller. I use the inorganic bonsai mix and the succulent mix. I don’t even use said fertilizer alone. LOL. As far as sharp glass and a little poop. Jeff, for me it was like a Goldilocks process. In general, constant overfertilizing (any plants) is not beneficial in the long run. Mountain Crest Gardens. Again, I am NOT an expert and still have much to learn! ), I did go with the original formula, but my proclivity for watering kept even that mix too wet for my liking where my objective was to be able to water daily if/when I felt like it. There should be product list/description on the bag. Denise. Ultra lightweight and airy. Soil Mix: Bonsai Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111 Ingredients: 33% Pine Coir, 33% 1/4 Bonsai Block(calcined clay) and 33% Monto Clay(1/4 inch). It is locally known as "Zifzif" in Arabic and Hebrew. A leaf got broken off and I was not happy about it! Minimum Aggregate Size: 1/8th I believe your mix drains well - you did mention adding humus/manure/worm casting (I consider warm casting being manure :); but I did notice only small amount. This likely has to do with how many pieces of time-release fertilizer end up in each pot and how long each pot takes to dry out. Great product. They're also a good source of calcium for plants. I notice you also haven’t stated what size pots you are growing on, or how you water. I really like the two rock mixes that I get from Bonsai Jack. It has water holding capacity of approx. i also have a batch in bonsai jack alone, and then another with bonsai jack with bark painstakingly removed mixed with the api plant medium. Less is more! 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