making gritty 5-1-1 mix questions..

jameya(zone 5/ central indiana)July 23, 2014

Hello all,
I am attempting to make the gritty soil 5-1-1 mix for the first time. I must admit when looking for the materials to use, i did not realize that certain brands were listed and i went out and bought a few things i thought would work, but now i am wondering if i should take it back, and then start over looking for the mentioned brands instead. I took some pictures of what i have already bought and if it dont look good, or wont work can someone please tell me?? If any of them will work, i will just keep them and next time around when i make this i will know what to look for exact things. I am thinking ive read the turface is a pretty important item in this, so i am thinking more then likely i will have to find that.
Also i am having issues with finding the pine bark. Im in central indiana and have checked lowes, menards, rual king, a feed store that usually carries random gardening items as well as a nursery. None of these places had the smaller pine bark. I have found pine mulch at some of these places, but they are too big to use for soil for houseplants. I just read a thread on here that maybe reptile pine bark might work in a pinch maybe, but if i can avoid doing that and getting the right stuff for it, i would rather do it that way.
Does anyone have any advice they can share, or know where could be my best bet to find some of these items??
Thanks,
Jamey

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jameya(zone 5/ central indiana)

Here is the lime i found

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 10:19PM
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jameya(zone 5/ central indiana)

Perlite

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 10:20PM
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jameya(zone 5/ central indiana)

Gypsum

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 10:21PM
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jameya(zone 5/ central indiana)

Does anyone know if where to find pine bark to make the mix in central indiana?? I have tried many places over the past week, and have not found anything that is close to being a small size to make this. I believe i have read in a pinch you can use reptile pine?? I would rather find the stuff you are supposed to use.
I have a couple devils ivy that is dieing. The soil i used seems to be keeping it to wet and mushy, and i have a croton that needs replanted along with a bonazi, so i am hoping to find the right materials to make this mix in the next couple of weeks. Thanks

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 8:29PM
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