Hummus Rich, well draining soil?

spaceman13(6b)July 11, 2013

I just got a Firecracker Fern (Russelia Equistriformis) that calls for a "hummus rich, well drained" soil. I've been using Al's "5-1-1" and "Gritty Mix" with great results for a few years now.
I read in his posts he does not recommend adding compost, (although I do top dress the gritty mix with leaf mould to conserve moisture and add nutrients).

How would one modify one of these soils for a plant that calls for hummus rich soil?

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calistoga_al

Hummus rich well drained soil is a suggestion, assuming you are planting in your garden, not a container. You will get great results in your container with either of Al's mixes. Al

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 10:01AM
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spaceman13(6b)

So would "Hummus rich" be more of a description of fertilization rather than a descriptor of soil composition?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 10:07AM
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calistoga_al

Hummus is the result of vegetative matter in the soil being broken down by the micro organisms in the soil. In the ground it often eliminates the use of any fertilizers. Its use in containers is limited or eliminated, as it has a generally negative effect on drainage. In containers it is replaced by synthetic, or chemical fertilizers, in most cases, which are ready to use by the plant, and do not require the micro organisms to convert to a useable state for the plant to use. Al

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 10:13AM
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