Is it easier to start a bare-root tree in the Gritty Mix?

newgen(9 Central California)February 20, 2013

Would a bare root fruit tree grow easier in a conventional mix or in the gritty mix? I've read through a lot of the posts about the gritty mix, and understand its advantages. It's just that I've killed a few plants in the gritty mix. I chalked it up to operator error. I believe in the mix, since so many of you guys are having success with it. As of now the only thing that is thriving in the gritty for me is an Elephant Ear. I've killed a wax jambu, a ficus benjamina, a bare-root persimmon, and some citrus. I felt real bad after they died, but haven't given up. I really want to grow my container plants in the gritty mix. I'm gonna get a bare-root fruit tree to try again. If it goes well, then I'll try to transfer my prized Michelia alba to the mix.

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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

The University of Missouri has a system called Missouri Gravel Beds that was designed to hold bareroot trees for all season planting. The gravel beds are pea gravel and turface which is quite close to gritty mix. Considering they use that system to hold 12 foot trees and gritty mix holds more water, I think gritty mix can work just fine for bareroot trees. It will definitely be easier than barerooting a cotainer plant.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 8:43PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I have about 275-300 woody shrubs and trees in containers. ALL are regularly bare-rooted and potted or repotted in the gritty mix. I probably bare-root and repot at least 200 trees of varying size each year into the gritty mix.





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Al

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 9:07PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Fantastic, Al! I always love seein' your chops ;-)

I agree that starting with an already bare-root tree should be much easier than bare-rooting a tree in an old mix.

Josh

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 4:39PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Fantastic, Al! I always love seein' your chops ;-)

I agree that starting with an already bare-root tree should be much easier than bare-rooting a tree in an old mix.

Josh

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 4:40PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I love the way Al,(tapla) whacks off those tap roots. Many gardeners lack the guts to make the cuts. Al

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 6:48PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Lol - the first 10,000 were the hard ones. ;-)

Al

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 7:22PM
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