What is 5:1:1 soil mix?

Lamora(4)March 6, 2012

Hi, I have read in several different places about this mix, but cannot find exactly what it is. Can someone please tell me? it is good for an "all around" soil mix for most plants?

I was just wondering is all. :)

Marjie

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Lamora(4)

for indoor plants of course-- :)

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 10:31AM
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Marjie

didn't you just ask this same question on Container forum?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 11:26AM
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Lamora(4)

lol yeah-- I did-- thought I was here.. been up since 6, on only maybe 5 hrs sleep-- sorry for the confusion.. I normally ask here first.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 11:30AM
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tropicofcancer(6b)

Al (Tapla) has several very informative articles on soil mixes, fertilizing and other information on container gardening. Follow the link at the end of this post to get yourself started. In short, the 511 mix consists of sifted bark, turface and peat in 5:1:1 ratio. This mix provides ideal condition for roots of container plants for its water, air and nutrients requirements. There are several variations of this basic mix adapted to different types of plants. The posts in container forum will provide you with the testimonies, where/how to get components, adaptations, the science and tons of other good info to keep you busy.

Although, I have not used the exact mix myself but I have used similar mixes before and this year I am going to follow this excellent recipe for some of my plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: Soil mixes and water movement article by Al

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 11:55AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

ToC almost had it right. The 5:1:1 mix is 5 parts of pine bark fines and one part each of perlite and sphagnum peat moss. Dry, it looks like what you see in the middle of this picture.

The bark you see at 6 and 9 o'clock are what I use for the 5:1:1 mix.

Actually, the gritty mix is better for houseplants than the 5:1:1 mix, but either work exceptionally well & offer an oxygen rich and well aerated root environment. The gritty mix is one part each of screened Turface, crushed granite, and screened pine or fir bark. You can see the fir bark at the top of the picture above, and the gritty mix is pictured below. I grow all my houseplants in the gritty mix.

You'll find a LOT more information at the thread ToC linked you to. If you have questions, ask them wherever you want - at the soil thread or at either of your threads & I'm sure you'll get good answers.

Take care.

Al

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 1:05PM
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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)

Marjie:

If you use the Garden Web search engine it will get your answers to you immediately. The home page actually requests searching before posting questions. You have the option of searching specific forums or the entire Garden Web.

I have use the search engine and it has kept me from asking a question already answered.

Welcome to the Garden Web.

Linda

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 4:57PM
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Lamora(4)

Thanks-- I put that link in my favorites, will defiantly read it when my head doesn't hurt so bad. :(

Linda-- I will try to remember to use the search more often. I am not good at finding what I am looking for tho, but I will try. :)

Will have to try it next time I re-soil my plants.. not anytime soon.

Thanks again, I really do appreciate all of you-- :)

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 6:04PM
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tropicofcancer(6b)

ToC almost had it right. The 5:1:1 mix is 5 parts of pine bark fines and one part each of perlite and sphagnum peat moss.

My bad. I was in the process of making gritty mix myself and turface was stuck in my head.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 9:33AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

No problem; no harm, no foul. ;-)

Al

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 4:06PM
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Lamora(4)

Thanks for the info and the link.. a lot to take in. better read it a few times. :)

I heard somewhere that the "bark" you get from pet stores is a good bark also? Something about being cheaper too? Or did I misread that.. I can't find it now where I thought I read it. Tried looking it up and can't find anything.. I was just wanting to make sure if it was ok or not.

My Daughter has some leftover bark from her snakes that she said I could have. That is why I am asking.. :)

Marjie

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 12:43PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

You can't beat 'free', but the type of fir bark you're getting is usually combined with Turface & granite to make the gritty mix -

an Impatiens repens bonsai wannabe - needs a crown developed:

Al

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 1:22PM
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birdsnblooms

Marj...Bark sold at pet stores is NOT cheaper.
My son has a 3-4 yr old Iguana. Pet store bark went from 17.99 to 21.99 the last six-months. A small bag, to boot.

I use Orchid Bark to mix..it's still not 'cheap,' but less expensive, by 1/5th than pet store bark.. Toni

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 2:03PM
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