pre-soaking bark: what if I didn't? can use vinegar water?
I know bark is supposed to be soaked in water overnight before using it in gritty mix. I was so impatient though that I repotted a few plants right after I finally mixed my first batch of gritty mix.
Now can I soak the pots in water a few times in order to saturate the bark? How long is optimal to let the bark be infused with water, but not to let the roots drown? Al once said roots start dying "within hours" in perched water - so I am thinking an hour at a time is OK then? Thinking of soaking the pots every other day 3-4 times maybe. Let me know if you have better ideas. The bark is pine, between 1/8 and 3/8 in size.
For later repottings, I am soaking my bark. I add 1 tbsp/gal vinegar into my watering/fertilizing water, so I thought if I should add the same amount of vinegar to the water soaking the bark? Good idea or not?