Al's Gritty Mix... is this used mainly for indoor/ potted or ext

yorkiemikiFebruary 1, 2014

I was wondering about Al's gritty mix (1 part Bark Fines, 1 part Turface, 1 part Granite) in my dry mediteranian Southern california Coastal climate. 10 b sunset-24.

First off I'm using 1 part Red wood fines (Kellogg's big R) and 2 parts Pumice.

Would it be OK to use a mix like 1 part Kellogg's Patio Plus (it's an outdoor potting plend of fir bark,worm castings, chicken manure, bark, pumice etc) in my mix? I have tons of bags of this that I bought and can get them REALLY cheap.

I was thinking this might be OK and healthier for the succulents so that there's actually some nutrients in the soil. I guess with Al's Mix, there's not actual decomposed things like the worm castings/ manure. Wouldn't some of this be beneficial? Or do you just have to keep liquid fertilizing Al's Mix?

Anyone mix regular potting soil with the Al's gritty mix?

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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

It wouldn't hurt or maybe it would? To experiment. I myself find that cacti, succulents respond well to soluble fertilizers Traditional mineral cacti mixes are pumice and pine bark, or pumice, peat, and pine bark.. They work well with other succulents too. I have been experimenting with coir too, seems like a nice product. Lasts longer than peat. But is neutral which is great in some cases, not so great in others. Plants that come form desert regions really do not respond well to any compost, as it is not in the environment. Also plants that come from sandy soils same thing. Some tropical succulents will like the compost.

The gritty mix would probably work well with some succulents. Bigger cacti require very dry soil most of the time, and the gritty mix can get dry fast, so is a good choice. I myself don't like it for some plants like fruit trees, but any gardener that pays attention can grow plants in anything.
If you decide to use compost, go light on it, as it tends to stay wet a long time, it doesn't drain well either. Be careful not to over water.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 10:43AM
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Oxboy555(Las Vegas)

RE: "First off I'm using 1 part Red wood fines (Kellogg's big R) and 2 parts Pumice."

Maybe I'm an OCD purist but at what point is Gritty no longer entitled to be called Al's Gritty(tm)?

The above may be a kind of gritty derivative but it's not Al's recipe. And I believe it's a disservice and confusing to call it as such.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 6:08PM
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