Finally re-potted the Kumquat
Finally, after weeks of delay due to one thing or another, we re-potted the sunken Nagami Kumquat yesterday. We also potted a new Meyer Lemon from the ground, a temporary holding place until we prepare a new in-ground spot for it later.
Anyway, this was our first venture into the world of non-commercial potting mixes. I decided to use the 5-1-1 mix (rather than gritty) due to our very hot summer temps and no one to water them when we are away on vacation. The Kumquat pot is too heavy to move to/from the shade every time we go away. (The very helpful sales lady at OSH told me they use the cactus mix for all their potted citrus. I bought several bags of it to use for other potted plants and I must say I like the mix; it seems like a suitable alternative for now. I am still working full-time, short on time, have some (hopefully temporary) health issues, and didn't want to drive all over creation looking for the various ingredients. (I hope I am not making everyone unhappy; later when I have more time and energy I will make a batch of the gritty mix from scratch --- I promise!)
Anyway, for the bark we used Black Gold Orchid mix (small pieces). I was at OSH and recalled reading it's a suitable alternative for the bark fines. The bark pieces were the right size (about 1/4") but we did not screen it... we just mixed it with 1 part Sphagnum peat and 1 part perlite (also not screened). We had been working in the yard all day and our backs and shoulders are already sore, and we wanted to get this done.
We did bare-root the Kumquat which was very easy because the mostly-dry soil just fell right out like dry dust. Since there wasn't a dense root ball, I didn't cut the roots ---- which I now regret because I understand it stimulates new root growth. I also forgot about making sure the new mix is well distributed within the roots when we first started filling, but we watered well after each addition of 1-2 inches of new mix.
Then, we put the pots in the shade. I sent an email to Dyna-Gro today, asking for a local source for the Foliage-Pro.
Can you hear them purring? :-)