Gritty Mix, etc

CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)September 17, 2011


I've been reading, reading, reading, and see my poor JM collection is probably starving and suffocating. I lose a couple a year and it's probably just that.

I read the mixes, etc., and the work involved.

Although not shy about the work, I am shy the time.

I have three jobs with 1 to two shifts off a week. Read: 1 evening and 1 morning, not on the same day. IOW, I am exhausted and jammed up, but want to take care of my plants before the winter.

Painting, electricity installation, gutters, mowing, etc., can all continue to wait. I want to help the health of my trees.

That said, I need to buy an appropriate mix. I don't want to hear I "can 'just' go to a nursery and mix up x". I don't have time to buy heaps of stuff, sift, sort, and fool around. If I have to do that, more will suffer and die.

Is there a recommended premix, purchase-able brand suitable to my maples available in the north east?? I'll happily buy it in bulk.

Thanks for your time. I'm already eyeing several that have had no growth all summer.....


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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Look for Fafard Nursery Mix, their 51L Mix, or their #3 Mix.

Good aeration and structural stability (of your growing medium) is key. Keeping your trees growing with good vitality is going to take a fair amount of time ..... just how it is - they're like pets in many ways.


    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 11:59AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I agree with Al.
Was gonna recommend the same mixes.
Many nurseries will order these specialty (but pre-mixed) soils.


    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 12:41PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

Another brand with bark as its largest component is Metro Mix 511. I had pretty good luck with that before switching to Al's mixes. But with any mix that includes peat, you will need to water carefully and repot once a year because it will breakdown and compact. I figure that investing the time and energy to make the best mix for my plants will save me time and energy in the long run.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 1:25PM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

Metro mix 511... Hmmm I wonder why they call it 511, wonder if their marketing or r n d guys have been browsing these forums at all or if its just coincidence...

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 3:09PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

LOL! That's my fault. I should have said Metro-Mix 510, made by Sun-Gro.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 3:56PM
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CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)

Thanks. I have a friend who owns a nursery and can probalby get this for me.

I thought I was taking good care of my little trees until I read about the potting mixes. No wonder I lose a couple a year. I love them and have raised some from 12" grafts to 6' trees. and everywhere in between!

I want to fix some of these up between fall and winter.
I appreciate the suggestion!


    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:28PM
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