Fwd: Cyclamen

Mark Mazer markemazer@gmail.com
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:47:35 PDT
"I use lava rock a lot with my orchids, wonder if pumice is sold here on the
east coast."
to Denver (H/T:Nold).

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC

Try expanded shale, AKA Stalite,  common on the east coast......   may all
your potting mix be local

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC USDA 8A

On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 3:48 PM, Anita Roselle <anitaroselle@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi Robin,
>
> My email is anitaroselle@gmail.com.
>
> I already have turkey grit and fine chicken grit. Would I mix it with pro
> mix and some sand. I am unsure of potting mixes for bulbs and bulb seed.
> Should I add some compost?
>
> Clay beads are a clay material that is somehow formed into roundish shapes
> and fired. With orchids it makes a mix lighter and more open at the same
> time holding moisture and releasing it slowly , they come in several sizes.
>
> I use lava rock a lot with my orchids, wonder if pumice is sold here on the
> east coast. I don't throw out the very fine dust from pounding up the lava
> into the size I want, I don't have much of that though.
>
> I appreciate anything that will help me get up to speed with bulbs and bulb
> seed faster, I feel like a baby in the woods, everyone seems to know all
> these things. I look forward to the catalog, I love old ones they usually
> have lots of information in them.
>
> I know of Nancy Goodwin but I have never been down to where she is, I am
> located about 4 hours from there. The soil is somewhat different here in
> the mountains than it is down east. I would love to have a garden half as
> lovely as hers. I was about to say that I do not have any conifers but I
> have a sizeable Cryptomeria japonica that they would look nice under.  I
> will try that when they are a little bigger, I need to start seed every
> year so I create a supply. Where is the best place besides seed exchanges
> to get seed, I used to belong to NARGS but have let it go.
>
> Thank you a lot,
> Anita R.
>
> On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 1:38 PM, Hansen Nursery <robin@hansennursery.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Plastic pots might be better to start unless you plunge clay pots in damp
> > builders' sand.  Pumice is thrown out by volcanoes here in the west so
> it's
> > a common potting ingredient mixed with other ingredients such as fine or
> > coarse fir or pine bark and other materials.  Turkey grit would work as a
> > substitute as most cyclamen are not hugely pH sensitive.  You can get it
> in
> > 50-lb bags at your local animal feed dealer or farm supplier.  I don't
> know
> > what clay beads are as I've not seen them.  As the cyclamen tubers get
> > another year's growth you could put them under conifers in your garden.
> > You
> > won't necessarily need to amend your soil to put cyclamen in the ground.
> > Google Nancy Goodwin and you'll see she has tons of cyclamen in her
> garden.
> >
> >
> > If you'll send your private email to me at the address below, I'll send
> an
> > old catalog that has tons of information about where to put them and how
> to
> > grow.  I don't generally advertise the catalog on the PBS site as most
> > members are aware of it.  There are also some books and other information
> > you can find.  If you can grow orchids, you can grow cyclamen!!!
> >
> > Robin Hansen
> > robin@hansennursery.com
> >
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