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Faridat
Oct 21, 2017 12:20 AM CST
Hello all!
I purchased soil for indoor plant pots that had some perlite in it. I put the plants I had bought recently
with this type of soil in pots. But now I can see that this type of soil seems to hold much water
and feels "heavy" to me. I already am seeing one of the Ficus Benjamina in distress.
I would like to add more perlite in it, to make it more airy and draining, or we are going to face root rot. But what is the usual combo? Fifty fifty? Must I add something else to it except perlite?
Any help would be much appreciated! :)
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Christine
Oct 21, 2017 7:22 AM CST
I've always done the 50/50 Thumbs up

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Shadegardener
Oct 21, 2017 7:42 AM CST
Ficus don't normally need a lot of fertilizers. If you're original potting soil had a lot of peat moss in it, I would add a small amount of compost to the mix.
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Faridat
Oct 22, 2017 12:10 AM CST
Thank you @Christine! I am going for the 50/50 also! That way I won't risk root rot, right?
Thank you for your answer @shadegardener! I will remember all the advice!
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Oct 22, 2017 7:20 AM CST
Faridat, just dont over water and you'll do fine.
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Faridat
Oct 22, 2017 11:06 AM CST
Christine said:Faridat, just dont over water and you'll do fine.


Christine, I repotted all the plants today with the 50/50 combo. I hope the stress of two repottings in 2 weeks won't kill them, but I just couldn't let them die, the soil was holding much moisture. Now they have a better chance. Thank you! :)
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Name: Christine
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Christine
Oct 23, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Your welcome, this is a great forum with a lot of knowledgeable people Thumbs up
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