Issues with gritty & 5-1-1 mixes
Ok, let me first start by saying that I have been getting excellent results with ALL of my plants, since switching to 5-1-1 and gritty mixes. I have my tropicals in the 5-1-1, and all succulents in gritty mix. I have also been exclusively using Foliage Pro 9-3-6.
Anyways, the issues I am having is with watering. I've recently posted on the gritty mix watering thing, but I figure I'll add them both here in one post, so a discussion can ensue. With both mixes, I am noticing that obviously water runs right through, but it seems that the middle of the container that I water does not get wet. At first, with the 5-1-1 mix, I thought maybe I was waiting too long to water, but I went to water my peppers today, which were only dry in the top 1", but semi-dry beneath, and upon watering, it was coming out the holes immediately. The top 1" or so gets good & wet, but when I scrape away the top layer, it's still dry underneath. As I've said before, when watering a clear container for jade cuttings in gritty mix, the middle wouldn't get wet, just the top & bottom.
I would like to know if anyone else has this problem with either of the 2 mixes, and how you combat it. I know some have said to spray it down good with the hose, and then water with fertilizer. However, for my indoor plants and succulent, I like you use ALL rainwater, and it's always mixed with my maintenance dose of Foliage Pro. I do NOT want to be wasting a ton of water. Here's what I've started doing: I put a tapered hydraulic line cap, which is just a plastic cone type deal, into the drain hole, pour in my water, wait, then pull the plug & let it drain. Does anyone see a problem with this method?