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Asifh

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Confusion on growing certain plants
« on: August 10, 2022, 12:32:17 PM »
Hey guys, which soil do you recommend if Iím trying to grow pitomba, grumichama, and pitangatuba in pots organically?

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Re: Confusion on growing certain plants
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2022, 12:52:53 PM »
Well draining slightly acidic mix will do
Try pear perlite sand and maybe a little bit of compost and pine bark

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Re: Confusion on growing certain plants
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2022, 01:22:27 PM »
What about peat and perlite?

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Re: Confusion on growing certain plants
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2022, 02:55:21 PM »
Hi Asifh,

Here is a good video by Gary Matsuoka, owner of Laguna Hills Nursery on what is perfect soil.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P32fOKSP2Q

His bagged potting soil Top Pot sold in local nurseries, is made up of peat, course sand, biochar, perlite, and pumice.

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Re: Confusion on growing certain plants
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2022, 03:55:00 PM »
Those Eugenias are not too particular. They do seem to like the soil a bit
acidic. I put about 4 shovels of peat 4 shovels of peat with perlite and 1
shovel of coffee grounds, one shovel of compost, and one shovel of cricket frass.
The cricket frass is organic and I have been adding some monthly to most of
my trees including in ground trees and potted trees. I have used rabbit manure
and chicken manure also in the past. I stockpile the ingredients above in barrels
and garbage cans and mix them as I up pot my plants.
walmart or HomeDepot sell a Lambert peat that I have used in the past. 
https://www.amleo.com/lambert-retail-peat-moss-3-8-cf/p/LRPM
It used to be $7 a bag at Wal Mart? who knows now?

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Re: Confusion on growing certain plants
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2022, 04:35:52 PM »
What about peat and perlite?
Peat perlite is good, but in my experience and with others too it can become very anaerobic. Basically it turns to mush.
To combat that, I add other stuff into the mix to keep it nice
But yes,
peat perlite will work too. I use it for plants in smaller pots...but I'd be wary using it in a big pot like a 25 gallon as the risk of turning to mush is much larger...It is harder to control water on larger pots.

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Re: Confusion on growing certain plants
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2022, 08:21:46 PM »
In my experience, pitangatuba is not picky about its growth medium. The only time I ever lost one was when I allowed it to get too dry for slightly too long. My surviving ones are just in a standard potting soil mix with Espoma fertilizer every once so often.

Pitomba seems more finicky, at least mine are. They have never thrived despite growing in the same growth medium as my pitangatubas and other Eugenias.

 

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