Liming process in 5-1-1

Phildeez(9b)April 22, 2011

I hear you need to wait 2 weeks for the lime to effect the PH of one's 5-1-1 mix. Is there a way to speed this process? Like grinding up the lime or something?

I am using EB Stone Agricultural Dolomite Lime and Redwood compost for the mix. And sphagnum peat.

Thanks! I have plants ready to go in containers and the weather to support them, now I just need to make sure of how long I need to wait on the mix.

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

From what I've read on this forum it's optimum to wait 2 weeks if it's the granular kind, but it's not necessary. You should be fine, just go ahead and plant.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 9:50PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Phil, Ed's's not necessary, though it's optimum.
The Lime phase reaction takes anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks,
depending upon soil temperature and moisture, et cetera.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 10:03PM
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Great thank you guys for the quick responses. One more question before I mix this up today.

How would you recommend modifying the 5-1-1 for extreme heat?
I am prepared to water daily, but I am wondering if I still need slightly more water retention than standard.
More pumice? Peat instead of potting soil? Or white plastic over the dark colored mulch, maybe?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 1:08PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

The 5-1-1 holds a lot of moisture...I doubt you'd even need to water everyday.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 2:43PM
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