Gross Wick for Gritty Mix Help!

rubyjchangFebruary 6, 2012

Hi Everyone!

I have a very quick question. I have been using the wick method to get a handle on watering in the Gritty Mix (as well as to ensure that excess water drains out-since my Gritty Mix still has a bit of PWT; every time after watering and then tipping my pot, a bit more water will drain out).

Does anyone ever have a problem with the wick getting moldy? I know this is gross...but with the less air flow around in the winter (+warmer indoor temp), my wick has decided it wants to get moldy. I soaked the moldy part of the wick with diluted bleach. But I am afraid that maybe the bacteria on the wick may travel upward to the soil?

Am I doing something wrong such that my wick is all gross?

Thank you!


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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hello, Ruby, what material are you using for your wick?

I would recommend something less caustic, like Hydrogen Peroxide, when you clean your wick.

Otherwise, plants co-exist with many, many different bacteria and fungi,
and hardly ever is there is problem.


    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 6:41PM
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I am using an all cotton wick (mop head)-bleached. It does get disgusting?

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 9:03PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Cotton rots quickly & should be avoided. I actually have a woven nylon tie from an onion or citrus bag that I've been using as a wick for years & years. Works great & obviously doesn't rot.

Usually, you only need a wick until the planting has matured to the point where the entire root mass is colonized by roots. After that, you can remove the wick. I use mop strands from 100% rayon mop heads for my wicks. One mophead costs under $5 and you'll get hundreds of wicks & years of service for your investment.


    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 1:13PM
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aredmon48(z9b NorCal)


Any suggestions for adding a wick to existing containers? I'm not sure how I could get the mop strand up into the mix through the mesh. I just learned about this and tested it by putting a towel under my azalea. I was surprised by how much water came out. I think my wet-foot-hating azalea will be much happier with me now.

Thanks so much for your help!


    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 10:18PM
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