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Discuss water requirements, "soil" (growing media) and suitable planting containers

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By Echo
Posts:  6
Joined:  Thu May 10, 2018 5:18 am
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I've always prepped my own mix, but this year due to pandemic + giant blizzard there was a massive run on distilled water in my city, and I don't have enough distilled or even rainwater on hand to rinse and prep all the peat I need for repotting. My VFT's are breaking out of dormancy--wish we could hit 'pause' for a couple weeks lol.

SO--are there any pre-made soil mixes you recommend? I'm wary of just buying whatever online, I'd hate to out and out kill my plants with a shoddy mix.
By hungrycarnivores
Posts:  112
Joined:  Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:53 pm
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Echo wrote: Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:40 pm I've always prepped my own mix, but this year due to pandemic + giant blizzard there was a massive run on distilled water in my city, and I don't have enough distilled or even rainwater on hand to rinse and prep all the peat I need for repotting. My VFT's are breaking out of dormancy--wish we could hit 'pause' for a couple weeks lol.

SO--are there any pre-made soil mixes you recommend? I'm wary of just buying whatever online, I'd hate to out and out kill my plants with a shoddy mix.
I buy black-magic peat moss from Canada, and it is very low ppm. Pick it up at your local HD. I'm in california, so I don't have that blizzard trouble, but you can rinse it with normal tap water to hydrate it. Then, pot the plants up in a mix of that and perlite, or pure peat even, and then flush the pot once it dries with rain/distilled water. Or, dilute your water with rainwater, you can make more safe water that way.

Remember chem: C1V1=C2V2. So, to calculate your dilution, you have ((your ppm*volume of tap)/target concentration)) = final volume of h2o. Subtract volume of tap from final volume to get the amount of DI water to add.

Varies for vft, sarr, nep, cobra.
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