Question for Al
I have been a member here for some time now and have read just about every post you have made about soils, watering, fertilizer and such. First off, I would love to sit with you and pick your brain, you are a HUGE fountain of knowledge. Since we are not even remotely close, I will have to settle to try and pick your brain here.
For years, I had lived in a wonderful house with a room that was perfect for my plants. Floor to ceiling windows on the east, south and west side. I had a huge collection of the "easier" plants. Pothos, spiders, split leaf philo, two variations of dracena, swiss cheese, chestnut vine... etc etc.
Last year, my mother needed full time care, so my family (including all my green children) moved into her home. The light is not as ideal as it was, so I had a few causalities. Unfortunately. -sigh- The rest have adapted as best they can, but they are not as lush and perky as they used to be.
I water them when the soil is dry, every other watering, I use half strength Schultz 10-15-10 fertilizer and use distilled water. Is there something else you would recommend?
Your topic on soil absolutely intrigues me. When you have a plant that has been growing in soil for years (I have a spider plant that is close to 20 year) does it transition well into a soil-less mix? Do you rinse all the soil off the root system and then pot it in the soil-less mix? Do all plants prefer this kind of mix? Last question, if I paid you for it, would you be willing to send me a sample of your mix so I can see the consistency of it?