Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Al's Container Mix Portland/Vancouver Area

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Name: Glenn
Vancouver WA (Zone 8b)
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glenng
Jul 12, 2012 3:07 PM CST
Just an FYI for anyone in the PDX/Vancouver, WA area who might want to mix up a batch of Al's potting mix, I've just finished recon and made the necessary journey to obtain the main components for the mix. I want to share the locations where they can be obtained so you can have the hours of my life that I frittered away on the web and the phone... Rolling my eyes.

Turface
Hobbs & Hopkins
1712 SE Ankeny St.
Portland, OR
$14.95/50 lb. bag

#2 Grit
Orchards Feed Mill (but most feed stores will carry some version of this product)
6017 NE 109th Avenue
Vancouver, WA
$10.95/50 lb. bag

Fine Fir Bark - (The only stuff I could find was Black Gold 'Fine" Orchid Bark. It's not quite as small as Al's, but it should do. I hear rumor that the Portland Orchid Society offers fine fir bark too, but I haven't been able to reach anyone to confirm this.)
Rain or Shine Garden Supply
13126 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, OR
$4.50/ 8 qt. bag

Gypsum
Shorty's Nursery
10006 Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, WA
$5.95/5 lb. bag

It took a bit of running around, but if you take my route, you get to visit a couple of great locally owned gardening shops, a wonderful feed store (now I know where I'll be buying bird seed for the rest of my life) and, if you're a Washington resident and enjoy an occasional nip, while you are across the river you can stop at Rose City Liquor and stock up on spirits for about 50% less than we now pay here in WA. Hurray!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2012 7:02 PM CST

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Hurray! Great info Glenn. You have probably made some people very happy. : )

What are you growing in your mix?
Name: Glenn
Vancouver WA (Zone 8b)
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glenng
Jul 12, 2012 11:12 PM CST
Happy to be of service, Lynn!

We'll be replanting all of our semps, burro tails, pork & beans and various other sedums. Heck, we might even move our orchids, yucca and Christmas Cactus to this mix too if we get motivated!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2012 11:27 PM CST

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Would love to see some photos of your succulents. : )
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jul 13, 2012 1:23 AM CST

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Glenn, that's very helpful information to someone in your area! You pay about half of what I do for grit. Now, would you like to visit Wisconsin and find the best places for me to shop? Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Glenn
Vancouver WA (Zone 8b)
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glenng
Jul 13, 2012 3:42 PM CST
valleylynn said:Would love to see some photos of your succulents. : )


I'll take a few in the morning when the light is better and post them on a new thread. As single specimens, we don't have anything special, but my wife's container plantings are nice. She has a good eye.

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 13, 2012 4:55 PM CST

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For your wife's containers. They would love to see them posted in the Container Forum. http://garden.org/forums/view/containers/

Semps and Jovibarba post here. Hurray!

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