Hippeastrum seeds

Carol Jensen jorna@mobilixnet.dk
Wed, 20 Jul 2005 12:38:47 PDT
At 20:13 20-07-2005, Alberto Castillo wrote:

>"You will get a million different answers to that question. A friend of mine 
>in Ireland told me last year to use compost, so that is what I have used the 
>past year, and it works fine. This is compost made in the summer of 2003 
>(last year) or 2004 (now).
>Hi Carol and Doug:
>                         People is usually cooperative and well intentioned 
>and eager to share what they find gives them good results. But, anything 
>with a very high content of organic matter does  necessarily not remain 
>stable for long, including coir, bark, peat, compost, or leafmould. As 
>bacteriae act on them, they gradually turn into dust that retain dangerously 
>increasing amounts of water and ultimately becoming a sponge. Watering must 
>be very cautious with such materials. It is also common that people forget 
>to mention how the use of such materials turns out after a season of growth.

I might add, that both my Irish friend and I are amateurs and don't have to grow to sell! However, the method does work indoors. I add compost on top and/or repot after hibernation.

My garden soil (sans compost) is dust - it is very nutrious clay silt left over from a few glaciers around 8000 B.C. Farther inland you get gravel pits, farther still you find large rocks.

Anyway, I tend to underwater my hippeastrum.


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