Containers forum: miracle grow moisture control potting soil

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Frillylily
Jul 19, 2013 3:39 PM CST
Wondering if anyone has used this and what you thought of it? I bought 64 qt bag for $15 at Lowes and potted some hostas in it. So far so good, but they have only been in there for a few days and I usually kill anything I grow in a pot!

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tarev
Jul 19, 2013 4:09 PM CST
It is okay, soil does not get too dry right away, quite good during our super hot summer days.I do not use it for my non-succulent plants. It is also easy to see visually the top soil if it is still appearing wet, then more so the soil below. But I do add some more dose of perlite, even if it already has perlite, to play safe come winter time, when it rains a lot more here. Most of my plants stays outdoors, so they have to get very good drainage and not remain too soggy.
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valleylynn
Jul 20, 2013 1:28 PM CST

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I used the moisture control beads in a basket of fuchsia one year. Was the first time I was able to grow a beautiful and healthy fuchsia that lasted until killing frost.
I would think it would work well for hostas as they like moisture. Thumbs up
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ge1836
Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM CST
All my containers have moisture controle.Tarev is right,pots dont dry out as fast.
I also dont change soil every spring.
I top off with more Miricalgrow and our own household compost.
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valleylynn
Jul 22, 2013 2:48 PM CST

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I agree
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Jewell
Jul 22, 2013 9:20 PM CST
I use Miracle Grow Moisture Control in all my pots. The grasses and trees that are in the same pot for multiple years (some up to 15 years) get lifted and new MG put in the bottom and sides of the pot when the soil compacts over time (3-5 years depending on the plant). I use enough that I buy the big bags at Costco for $10 a bag in season. I have been very successful using it as my starting medium in the spring and summer for cuttings. Since I generally use the coconut fiber baskets for hanging sedums I even use it for them. I haven't had any problem with it staying too wet. Have never had root rot. The hostas that I had in planters last summer were so big that by fall I decided to get them in the ground. They are looking really good this summer and have multiple eyes having got a great start. If you have to use potting soil it is the best I have found. Some that I have tried compacted and were just too heavy since my pots have lots of perennials left outside year round.
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Frillylily
Jul 31, 2013 8:51 PM CST
is it ok to leave the MG moisture control in the pots over the winter? I have hostas in them.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Aug 1, 2013 2:45 AM CST
I leave it over winter.Two of my containers has hostas
Nanna: its one of the smallest hostas

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Cheaten Heart ,small but not teeny



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I havnt tried larger varieties.
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purpleinopp
Aug 9, 2013 7:26 AM CST
JoAnn, your plants are beautiful!!
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