Amended 5-1-1 for annuals
I do hummingbird gardening and grow many annuals. Some I overwinter in 5-1-1, and it works great but I have to water every day and sometimes twice a day. Even so, I often come home from work to find my plants slightly wilted. I cant help to think that this stresses the plants and negatively effects nectar production.
I'm thinking I'm going to alter the mix to be a bit more water retentive. I am less concerned about the eventual break down and compaction of the soil components, as it will only be used for about 6 months.
Should I add more peat, or add turface (which might be prohibitively more costly), or perhaps use vermiculite rather than pearlite?
I'm going to do some experimentation, but I thought if someone had already cracked this chestnut, It might save me some time, effort and money.
Thank You in advance,