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Mrintentional99
Jun 9, 2020 1:17 PM CST
Hello,
I bought two plants from two different places and the soil is different that what I see to buy.

Can someone help tell me what kind of mix these two have? They both seem really light, fluffy, well draining and holds moisture for a while.

Im a newbie with plants. :)
Thank you.
Richard

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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 2:13 PM CST
Welcome!

The good news is if you just got them, they don't need repotting.
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Mrintentional99
Jun 9, 2020 3:45 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

The good news is if you just got them, they don't need repotting.


Thank you! Yes they told me but I have other plants that need to be Up potted and I'm trying to find this type of soil or mix. So if anyone knows. Hehe thanks again.
Richard.
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BigBill
Jun 9, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Ingredients typically include soil, peat moss, perlite/sponge rock, slow release fertilizer.
There is a most recent blend on the market in the last several years called "moisture retention" potting soil. I can't speak to what they put in the soil mixture to hold more moisture as I have never used it.
Could the additive be more peat moss or something else be added?Someone who has used it can perhaps address what the components might be?

Personally I don't feel the need to use a moisture retentive soil in my outdoor pots and containers. In Michigan, we get rain all year long. We get thundershowers. We water our plants according to what we feel to be an appropriate schedule. I have trouble accepting this type of soil where I can get thundershowers dropping 2-4" of rain within a two hour period. How can I get all that water out of a moisture retentive soil?
But if you lived in South Florida where their dry season lasts 8 months or so, I can see where a moisture retentive soil might be helpful in getting plants through the lean times. But in Florida I did have a thundershower there that dropped 4"+ in 45 minutes!!! Can you imagine?!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 4:27 PM CST
Don't use moisture control/retentive soil. Its a lot easier to add more water then to figure out how to dry out soil.

The additive is some type of polymer granules that absorb moisture and dry ever so slowly.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Mrintentional99
Jun 9, 2020 5:36 PM CST
BigBill said:Ingredients typically include soil, peat moss, perlite/sponge rock, slow release fertilizer.
There is a most recent blend on the market in the last several years called "moisture retention" potting soil. I can't speak to what they put in the soil mixture to hold more moisture as I have never used it.
Could the additive be more peat moss or something else be added?Someone who has used it can perhaps address what the components might be?

Personally I don't feel the need to use a moisture retentive soil in my outdoor pots and containers. In Michigan, we get rain all year long. We get thundershowers. We water our plants according to what we feel to be an appropriate schedule. I have trouble accepting this type of soil where I can get thundershowers dropping 2-4" of rain within a two hour period. How can I get all that water out of a moisture retentive soil?
But if you lived in South Florida where their dry season lasts 8 months or so, I can see where a moisture retentive soil might be helpful in getting plants through the lean times. But in Florida I did have a thundershower there that dropped 4"+ in 45 minutes!!! Can you imagine?!




Thank you both for the advice. I'll take it! I appreciate this forum and all of you guys to help me Smiling

Stay safe!

Richard
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Region: United States of America Critters Allowed Growing under artificial light Echinacea Hostas Region: Michigan
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BigBill
Jun 9, 2020 6:07 PM CST
Welcome
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