Trying Al's gritty mix with my Maples in France.
Hi all !
I've been reading Al's posts about water retention for a while now, enough to convince me to give it a try. I have about 30 (little) maples in my (little) garden and ever since I read al's view on plants I have been on the lookout for the proper ingredients.
Finding pine bark is no problem here, you can find it in any garden center ; for granite I had to grab a few bags of aquarium gravel which I thought would be the perfect size.
I also used high fired clay beads that I crushed into correct proportions and or lava rock that we can find here in two sizes, big and small.
I sifted all, stuck to the recommended 1/1/1 ratio and started to repot all of my maples. That could be a silly move but I was confident in Al's theory.
I washed the maples thoroughly in a water barrel by pumping them up and down, cut the big roots, leaving the fine ones. Needless to say I was surprised at how muddy and sticky the soil was sometimes.
The only different thing I dared compared to Al's way of doing was my using of recycled plastic pots which are very effective in terms of drainage for they have slots all the way from bottom to top to let more air circulate.
I fear I might have to water more that way but that's not a big issue.
So far, I haven't lost any since repotting.
Real Spring has just started here so most of them are still in buds.