Gritty Mix Success Stories
Just thought I'd share some stories of success since going to gritty mix. First off, let me say that I have several plants in actual gritty mix, and some in a barkless version, either 2:1 or 1:1 turface to grit, respectively.
The first success in my beloved Pachira, who has been with me for about 8 years now. I switched to barkless gritty, 2:1 last summer. This winter is the first yet, where not a SINGLE leaf dropped from my Pachira, and I am heading into the growing season with a lush, full plant.
The next notable success is my small Desert Rose. I bought it last spring, and immediately put it into standard gritty mix. This was my final attempt at a Desert Rose, due to the fact that every other time they have rotted out during the winter. I am happy to say that mine made it just fine, and has begun growing new leaves.
I also have 3 Jades, one of which was a cutting of the variegated type, which I have been after for a decade. The cutting rooted successfully in gritty mix, and is now entering the growing season looking great. My Jades have never looked better!
I also have 2 Portulacarias, which I have struggled with in the past as well, in barkless 1:1 gritty mix. They both look great, even after both took a wind induced, pot breaking dive onto the deck in fall. They are sending out new shoots and ready for summer.
My large Snake Plant also went into standard gritty mix, and has done fine, although it pretty much always has. However, it flowered twice in the last calendar year, something that it NEVER did before.
I also have 3 bonsai trees, 2 Juniper and 1 Yew, in gritty mix that I just unearthed from my garden. They seem to have survived winter just fine.
So, with all that said, I have to thank Al for recommending the gritty mix to me and many others. Also, for anyone thinking about trying it, I can assure you that you won't be disappointed. It has worked wonders for me, and I am infinately grateful for Al and everyone else who got me into the gritty mix, and helped me with my questions along the way.