I'm a Gritty Mix failure!
I re-potted my 5 indoor plants into GM 2 weeks ago and 3 are in death throes! They aren't particularly precious...pothos etc...but I really want to understand what I did wrong. I am waiting to repot my very old Christmas Cactus until I figure this out. I also want to put a Japanese Maple into the mix but have lost all my confidence.
I used turface screened through insect screen and small orchid bark. I was unable to find growers sized grit at any of the feed stores so I used what they call #2 granite grit. I did not screen or rinse that and I'm wondering if that is one place I went wrong. I also put a lot of water through the pots because it seemed like it was all coming out. I rinsed the old dirt off the roots with water before putting them in the GM.
They seem to be drowning...limp, some yellowing yuk.. so 4 days ago I took the plants out of the mix for awhile (roots were soggy), tried to dry the mix on the woodstove and repotted. It doesn't seem to have helped. I have used the skewer test and it still feels cool/moist. The two that are doing OK are pothos in small pots...6" or so.
Please give me any opinions about what I may have done wrong. I am going to leave the plants alone for awhile and hope that they might come back. Should they be in an area with little light in hopes they might revive?
I have real concerns about putting my $$$maple in the mix because we get A LOT of precip...sometimes 100"/year..and I don't want her drowning! Please advise. I'd send pics but I'm on dial-up :(
Thanks for your help!