Oh No! A Boophone disaster!

Tim Harvey zigur@hotmail.com
Sat, 03 Oct 2009 22:39:45 PDT


I grow almost all my plants in 90% pumice 10% sand/clay, no organics. My collection turned into a mushroom farm when the winter rains started in SoCal. The 40% perlite mix you mention would be too wet for my preference. My seed mix is 90% pumice 10% perlite, and I do quite well with everything from Lachenalia to Aloe to Cyphostemma to Brunsvigia.


> Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 22:12:12 -0700
> From: kjblack@pacbell.net
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Oh No! A Boophone disaster!
> Thank you, Jacob!
> I will take your advice and repot in a mostly pumice medium, most likely with no organic material.  These had been in a homemade soil mix of about 40% DG, 40% perlite, 10% local (clayish) soil and 10% home-made fine compost.  I will leave out local soil and compost ... what do you think of perlite as an component with pumice?  Coastal San Diego is usually relatively cool, but I should have been more aware of the hot humid weather that can occur here in late summer.
> Ken 
> From: Jacob Knecht <jacobknecht@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Oh No! A Boophone disaster!
> (... was due to and was accelerated by the high humidity ... 
> ...
> and let them dry and callous for a week or two before
> re-potting into pure pumice.  It took a few months of watering very
> sparingly and being patient for the bulb to resume leaf growth only a week
> ago.
> Although losing so many roots may set your *Boophone* back, as long as their
> basal plates are intact, I think they will be fine.  However I would repot
> them into a medium that has a high gas exchange to moisture retention ratio,
> and water sparingly until they have shown a positive response with new leaf
> growth (usually predicated by new roots).
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