More fall crocuses

Rodger Whitlock
Wed, 12 Nov 2003 15:49:16 PST
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 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"To co-work is human,
to cow-ork, bovine."

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