Sand for potting mixes

Jyl Tuck
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:01:57 PST
I'm new to the PBS but not to a love of plants.
I have used a cheap easily found chicken grit for the plants that I have
needing quick draining soil. So when joining this BX I have used the same
chicken grit in pots with bulbs after looking up their needs and their
environments from where they came. It has worked well so far.  I tried sand
from the Fraser River and local fresh water lake beaches and store bought
and they always compacted or dried out quickly in the past which led me to
the chicken grit. I don't know if this would work for your iris,( I'm no
expert ) but my plants have always thrived even in my flower beds putting a
layer under Eremerus,ect. to save them from our rain forest B.C. climate.
I struggled looking for proper soil requirements ------ not wanting to
waste money or plants, so maybe this will help someone else.
I've traded seeds for years to the UK and always labelled them' Seeds of no
commercial value' without any trouble.

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