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#50246 October 5th, 2006 at 10:33 PM
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I've got a few plants that I'm growing in clay pots. I just bought the cheapo Walmart potting soil (was in a hurry) and was wondering, how bad is it? My plants are planted in the potting soil but it seems that the top layer gets extremely hard after just a few waterings, and that it takes water quite some time to perculate down even a few inches. Is this normal or just a complaint of cheap soil? What is a good brand to get, or what should I be looking for? I've got some dahlias (tubers which I rescued), cosmos, basil and an unknown plant--all in seperate pots, of course! BTW, I did mix in a little worm compost as I filled the pots. Thanks for the help!

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#50247 October 7th, 2006 at 05:01 PM
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Sarah, it sounds as if your potting soil may have too much peat in it. You might consider repotting and adding more compost to the soil or tossing it and buy something better. When I've run into that problem, I usually give the pots a good soak in a bucket of water for four or five hours until I know the soil is completely wet, then allow to drain thoroughly. wink

#50248 October 8th, 2006 at 09:39 PM
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I bought that Wal-Mart potting soil last year. It's like hard pan really awful. I think throwing it out and starting over is definitely a better idea. I've heard good things about Scott's and I use Miracle-Gro. The Dahlias and Basil do very well in miracle-gro I know from experience. Good luck with your planting.

#50249 October 9th, 2006 at 01:42 AM
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What color dahlias? Do you know the names of them?
I always am interested in dahlias because a friend of mine is the famous Edna of the Edna C. hybrid dahlia.

#50250 October 9th, 2006 at 01:45 AM
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rescued), cosmos, basil and an unknown plant--

What does the unknown plant look like?
I love cosmos too.
Now I wanna see how my copy/paste worked - still new to that. shocked

#50251 October 9th, 2006 at 01:45 AM
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Hey ! I did it ! Yay !

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if you have to use the cheap stuff, mix it with either perlite or a good quality soil. mostly, i try not to use it. miracle grow all the way for me.

#50253 October 9th, 2006 at 07:24 AM
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My Unkown plant is listed in that thread. I think I'm going to have to wait until it's a little bigger to get a good idea of what it is.

I might have to buy some miracle grow potting soil. Now I'm just worried about repotting the plants because the soil is so hard. Hopefully I won't kill them in the process of repotting!! Thanks for the help. Maybe one day my worms will get to producing well enough to where I won't have to buy much potting soil.


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