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Post  Windmere on 10/1/2014, 8:25 am

Hi all.  I have a desperate question:  I am in the process of planting some ranunculus for my wife.  I prepared some MM for a large pot.  Ranunculus needs well drained soil.  Unfortunately, the soil I prepared is gummy and does not drain well.   What do you think I need to add to fix it?

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Post  walshevak on 10/1/2014, 9:52 am

@Windmere wrote:Hi all.  I have a desperate question:  I am in the process of planting some ranunculus for my wife.  I prepared some MM for a large pot.  Ranunculus needs well drained soil.  Unfortunately, the soil I prepared is gummy and does not drain well.   What do you think I need to add to fix it?

Thanks all.  Smile
Coarse Vermiculite would be my first choice.  It really fluffs up any soil. The medium is ok, but the coarse is the bomb.

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Re: Help... Gummy Mel's Mix

Post  camprn on 10/1/2014, 10:33 am

what did you actually put into it?

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Post  Windmere on 10/1/2014, 10:57 am

@camprn wrote:what did you actually put into it?
Camprn, it has all the normal components, but I think I overdid on the compost.  I got distracted several times, and I think that's what messed me up.  Also... it's possible I did not put enough peat moss.

I'm rather embarrassed because I certainly know better... I'm even more embarrassed because I can't figure out how to fix it.

Kay... I was also thinking to add more coarse vermiculite (I have plenty).

Thanks everyone... I do appreciate the help.
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Post  camprn on 10/1/2014, 11:22 am

@Windmere wrote:
@camprn wrote:what did you actually put into it?
Camprn, it has all the normal components, but I think I overdid on the compost.  I got distracted several times, and I think that's what messed me up.  Also... it's possible I did not put enough peat moss.

I'm rather embarrassed because I certainly know better... I'm even more embarrassed because I can't figure out how to fix it.

Kay... I was also thinking to add more coarse vermiculite (I have plenty).

Thanks everyone... I do appreciate the help.
Actually it sounds like you have more water than you need... It will probably be fine once it dries out a bit.

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Post  Windmere on 10/1/2014, 11:28 am

@camprn wrote:
@Windmere wrote:
@camprn wrote:what did you actually put into it?
Camprn, it has all the normal components, but I think I overdid on the compost.  I got distracted several times, and I think that's what messed me up.  Also... it's possible I did not put enough peat moss.

I'm rather embarrassed because I certainly know better... I'm even more embarrassed because I can't figure out how to fix it.

Kay... I was also thinking to add more coarse vermiculite (I have plenty).

Thanks everyone... I do appreciate the help.
Actually it sounds like you have more water than you need...  It will probably be fine once it dries out a bit.
Thanks camp.  I just read what you wrote out loud to my wife and she said, "You know, you did saturate it pretty good."  I'll wait and see what happens.  And Kay... after that, I'll probably revisit the idea of adding more vermiculite if things don't get better.

Thanks guys (gals I mean).
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Re: Help... Gummy Mel's Mix

Post  Turan on 10/1/2014, 12:09 pm

I am guessing that you will want to add that vermiculite as a precaution against water logged mix in the future.  Ranunculus HATE muck.

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Post  Windmere on 10/1/2014, 4:49 pm

@Turan wrote:I am guessing that you will want to add that vermiculite as a precaution against water logged mix in the future.  Ranunculus HATE muck.
I actually did mix more in some extra as a precaution....  I tried to make it fluffy...  and I think it's fine now.  Thanks everyone.
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