On 8 Nov 03 at 19:12, Jane McGary wrote: > These crocuses are potted in the same mix I use for almost > everything: 2 parts coarse, sharp "upriver" sand, one part ground > horticultural (white) pumice, and one part forest humus from my > woods. With all due respect, the ingredients in this recipe are almost as mysterious as the "Cornish silver sand" called for by the original John Innes potting formulation. Tell us all a little more about your coarse, sharp upriver sand. What kind of minerals are in it? Which river? (Some of us *do* travel through Oregon, you know.) <makes note: take buckets on next Oregon trip> And the pumice: what screen mesh would you use for this? We can get bags of a whitish horticultural pumice here (probably imported from Oregon in bulk and repackaged), but I'd be interested to know how coarse or fine the stuff is that you use. And as for the forest humus: what species contribute to it? Inquiring minds want to know; you seem to have considerable success with bulbs that are far from easy and we're all jealous as all get out. -- Rodger Whitlock Victoria, British Columbia, Canada "To co-work is human, to cow-ork, bovine."