Desert rose-gritty mix

palms4all(9b)June 18, 2014

Hello,

I want to plant a desert rose using the tapla gritty mix in a terra cotta pot.

When I remove the rose from the nursery pot, should I remove some, none or all of the nursery soil?

Thank you.

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Joe1980(5)

ALL of the soil. Also, due to how prone they are to rot, I'd suggest changing the turface and grit ratio to reduce moisture retention, meaning less turface more grit.

Joe

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 9:23PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Take the soil off by soaking in a tub of water. Then take the hose and remove the rest of the soil.

Then you will have a bare rooted tree. Have your mix ready and add to your container.

Here area few pcs that might help!!

Laura

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 1:54AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Looking at the roots. Deciding what roots to cut and how much to raise the Caudex in the container.

Laura

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 1:56AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Cutting....

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 1:57AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

repotted in Al's Gritty Mix and its thriving...

Hope this helps!!

Laura.

I use the 1-1-1 ratio!!! ;-)

This post was edited by loveplants2 on Thu, Jun 19, 14 at 2:18

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 2:00AM
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palms4all(9b)

Fantastic responses. Thank you all very much.

Later today I plan to assemble my materials and I hope sometime this weekend plant.

Is it pretty much fair game to use the gritty mix for any perennial plant?

Will post pictures at first opportunity.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 4:27AM
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the_yard_guy(6A)

Palms4all:
My understanding is that you should try to remove as much of the old soil as possible from roots before pruning or transplanting. I did this earlier this spring when I moved trees from their old peat-based soils into the new 5-1-1 soils. You do not want to mix two different types of soil inside a container.

Laura: Those are excellent photos of how to do the root pruning and steps involved. Thanks for sharing. I need to get one of those nifty root pruning tools like you have. I currently use a pair of old, sharpened kitchen scissors lol...

TYG

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 8:34AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Good luck, Palms for all...

I found this thread while I was looking for another for you... It may help.

So, here it is...

Enjoy your day!!!

Laura

Thanks TYG!! Much appreciated, as always!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Bare rooting into Gritty Mix

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 9:56AM
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palms4all(9b)

Here is the desert rose and I also picked up an azalea as an experiment.

I'm in sw Florida so I'm curious how it fares.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 9:36PM
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palms4all(9b)

Desert rose

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 9:54PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Looks awesome!!!!

Just let it acclimate for a week or so to the sun and you would be good to go!

I would water it a few times just to help the out the root system since you just repotted then let it go in a wet to dry cycle.

Have fun!! You did a great job!!!

Laura

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:29AM
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