Mike or Josh..

birdsnbloomsNovember 8, 2012

I know you've mentioned bark size before, but I forgot.. :)

What size bark do I need to mix w/soils?

Is it 1/8th or 1/4"? Or another size? Thanks, Toni

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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

What soil Toni, ?
Gritty or 5-1-1 ?

It varies depending on what you are making.


    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 6:42PM
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Yes, Toni, just as Jojo says. It make a difference.

Are you looking to make a variation of the 5.1.1 mix which has peat and perlite with varying bark sizes?
If I know you, you are looking to mix more bark into your choice of mix and wonder what size is best?

Or the grittier mix which which uses specific sizes and of which needs to be sifted?

How's that eye anyhow? Is it getting better? You had many worried here!


    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 6:48PM
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Jojo..how are you?

Actually, it's for neither. I make my own soils...

For some reason, they stopped selling bark in my part of the world. Stores sell Orchid mix, which is fine for Orchids, but I use bark for tropicals.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 7:03PM
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Mike, we must have been typing the same time.

Perlite and sometimes Peat is added, depending on the plant.

Anyway, know which size I need?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 7:08PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hello, Toni, Mike, and JoJo!

Toni, I think you'll want bark in the 1/8 to 1/4 inch range. The Perlite should be
in the same range, too - so of course rinse out the dust and the small pieces.


    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 11:31PM
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Josh, Thank you.

I've bought bark for years, in huge bags, but never bothered measuring a piece..lol.

Last night I removed a couple pieces in soil...measured. .25.

Found a source, so it should be in the mail.

Perlite is .25, too. Thanks much. Toni

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 10:40AM
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