Al's Gritty Mix Questions (Blood Orange and Reliance Grapes)

brkieffner(5B)February 24, 2013


I think I've spent the better part of 6-8 hours trying to learn everything I can about Al's Gritty Mix.

Gran-i-Grit is basically impossible to get here. I saw Manna Pro, and read that that was okay but in the end I picked up some drab white aquarium gravel in it's place. I read in a thread that was a viable alternative. Hopefully this is correct but if I HAVE to get the Manna Pro, I will.

I ordered Turface MVP and 1/16" to 1/4" Orchid Pine Bark from Amazon and those should be here within the week.

I purchased a Tarocco Blood Orange tree that is 3 years old. It should be arriving this week. I also purchased a Reliance Grape vine that is from Home Depot. I've read that woody plants like these THRIVE in the Gritty Mix. Both will be transplanted into what I assume is a 5-Gallon pot. It's the standard terra cotta kind with a 12" top diameter. I could be mistaken on the gallon amount.

Now the questions.

Did I do okay with the Gritty Mix? Is the ratio still going to be 1:1:1? I've read that the best fertilizer to obtain is Foliage-Pro, is this still the case? What will my watering and feeding schedule look like? I've read a thread that you use a weak fertilizer 3 out of 4 times with the 4th being a water flush of the accumulated salts.

With the Reliance, I DO intend to plant her in the ground when I have a house to call my own, will she produce fruit or should I do anything fancy with her in the meantime? Are there any books I should look into for good, solid information?

With the Blood Orange, should I do anything different?

All help is welcome and I'm open to all suggestions. I apologize for all the questions. This is my first time having both plants although I love to garden with vegetables so any help is very much appreciated.

I can also post pics if that will help at all.

Thank you.

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Sounds like you're doing a good job getting your ingredients. Any way you can post a picture of what your mix looks like when it gets in? Just make sure to screen the Turface and gravel over an insect screen (I used a kitchen coulender). Only other thing to watch out for might be the small particles in your orchid bark, 1/16" might be a little too small and cause drainage issues.

Sounds like your pot is most likely an appropriate size, a 3 year old tree does well in a 12"-14" container, although as Al will point out you can go larger and over pot as long as you have a good draining mix like the gritty mix.

Foliage pro is the way to go, I use 1/4 teaspoon to a gallon of water along with a bottlecap full of distilled white vinegar, and I use it every watering. Other guys MUCH more experienced than myself have had success with this formula. Check out the citrus forum for more advice on your new tree! There's a wealth of information and expertise to tap into here.

-Mike B

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 4:06PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Where do you live?


    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 4:59PM
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@ bacon, thank you for the help! I'll be happy to post pics. I'll probably try filtering out the smaller pine barks then.

@ al, I live in Indianapolis, IN.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 6:22PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Because cherrystone is mined in MN, it might be easier to find than Gran-I-Grit. Try Cisco in Indy for Turface MVP - (800) 888-2986, or any of the 4 John Deere Landscapes dealers in the immediate area.

Let's see your pics ....


    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:18PM
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Here it is. Hopefully I did it right! The white is not perlite, it's aquarium gravel with some Manna Pro grit.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 4:02PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Looks very good to me!


    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 12:12PM
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