Other questions on growing in 5-1-1 Mix
Since the previous post got long with all the pics I decided to split my questions up.
1. I have wicks for drainage and reducing/eliminating the PWT in just about every plant...some plants have more than 1 wick to a pot....Can I leave the wick in the pots without fear of some kind of fungus or mold growing? the wicks do dry out so I'm thinking leaving them hanging out of the bottom of the pots is okay.
2. I check everyday to see if any of the plants need to be watered. In some of my plants the wick is dry but I also stick a wooden chopstick/dowel inside the soil to the bottom and the dowel is cool and slightly damp. So I stick my finger in one of the other drainage holes and I feel moisture. So if the wick is dry and the 5-1-1 is still moist what does that mean? I decided not water
3. If plants are in the 5-1-1 mix and are still damp/moist-not saturated wet in 3-4 days(and the wick is dry-indicating no perched water??) does that mean the roots are not getting oxygen? I don't know why I had it in my head that my pots need to be dried out in order for oxygen to reach the roots. Some of these plants are made with 1/2 to 1 part MG potting soil and these are the ones that stay moist for longer period of time(more than 4 days). I'm wishing now I had just made it with bark and 2 parts perlite b/c I'm not sure that staying moist for that long is ideal. I think I just need a little more understanding of the properties of this mix. I've read Al's posts and all the discussion on this subject multiple times and I enjoy this but I feel like I might be beginning to obsess over something that I don't need to.
Is the following correct?
-PWT or perched water is what causes anaerobic conditions where the roots don't have oxygen...o/a ratio is low(or not ideal)
- damp but airy soil is the goal. potting soil doesn't create damp but airy...instead it creates saturated and no oxygen.
5-1-1 Mix made correctly(because of larger particles and type of particles) will create damp but airy conditions
Please help any confusion you see in what I've written! :-)