potting mixes for bulb seeds

Steven hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Sun, 27 May 2012 17:01:07 PDT
Hi Everyone 
Playing nice I'n the Sand Pit I hope Ina
I know it was just a joke, I'm sure : )

Well I often use a commercial base too. Searls premium, for the more inquisitive ones. I find it excellent, although i don't like water crystals I'n mixes. Then i vary the mix with sand, or perlite, peat etc as i require. 
The results are excellent, however, because i live I'n a remote area & delivery cost is so extreme, i did an experiment last year with recycled super fine composted green waist mulch comprised of softwood & hardwood, leaf, stem, wood chip etc at the rate three parts chip to one course sand, no fertilizer added, & at the huge risk of disease etc although it was extremely well composted. I used the raw untreated product & the result was astounding, compared to a standard seed raising mix giving me a control average of 60 percent strike & a control growth rate to compare too, my new recycled mix achieved virtually 100 percent strike rate & trippled my controll growth rate over 12 months, with various  hippeastrum hybreds, heamanthus & brunsvegia species, geshorizors & crinums.

Steven :  )
Esk Queensland Australia
Summer Zone 5  Winter Zone 10

On 28/05/2012, at 5:07 AM, Ina <klazina@orcon.net.nz> wrote:
> I didn't mention the potting mix names as there would not be the same brands over in California.  Nor did I mention which seedlings, as I 
> would possibly have had Alberto breathing fire because of not leaving 
> the seedlings longer in pots. ;-)
> Ina Crossley
> Auckland New Zealand  Zone 10
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