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  • Soil moisture.

    Hey guys, I would like a short comment on this picture of soil that the cuttings where in.
    Does the soil looks wet ?
    It is for a friend of my, Thank you.
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    Looking for De La Gloria.Your best teacher is your last mistake !

  • #2
    I mean that's what soil should look like after it's watered right...? But I would add drainage of some sort otherwise it'll hold onto too much water and drown the roots
    Fullerton CA literal border of zones 10A/B

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    • #3
      That's pretty wet for recently rooted cuttings. This will lead to root rot or of the cutting itself. Cuttings rooted outdoors seem to be more resistant, but will still succumb to too much water.
      Jason. San Diego, CA - Zone 10A WL: Boysenberry Blush

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      • #4
        Yes. Add some peat moss and perlite and water less frequently.
        Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b) by Portland.

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        • #5
          Wet
          Actively seeking any and all varieties
          #Sharing is caring
          Courtenay, BC πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ zone 8a

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          • #6
            Needs more aeration to prevent rot / so the roots can breathe.
            Eric - Seattle / Sunset Zone 5 - W/L: Granato - Now offering fig-pops, my rooting mix, and gritty potting mix! https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Brows...er=pacnorwreck

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            • #7
              Do NOT add peat moss. Peat moss is very water retentive and adding it will make the problem worse. Instead, add pine bark chips (1/4 to 1/2 inch) and/or Perlite instead.
              Worcester, Massachusetts, Zone 6a - In containers 1 gal - 15 gal. Wish list: Dore' de Porquerolles

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              • #8
                Looks like overly wet dirt (not potting mix) to me. Were they trying to grow them in ground, or did they use dirt in a container? It looks like the tops really wanted to grow, but conditions were not right to support roots/prevent rotting.
                β€œThe best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
                – Source Unknown
                MA 5b/6a

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                • #9
                  too much water, way too much water. Soil looks heavy with slow drainage....I would add pine bark, rice hull, or perlite as suggested above. Very delicate balance in the beginning stages of the cutting, once they get going I am a more generous with water but early on not much water at all....just enough to keep the soil barely moist. If i was to grab a handful of the soil and squeeze it maybe a drop or two would of water would occur, not much.
                  Brielle, NJ..Zone 7a

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                  • #10
                    Its wet. Looks like a lot of my rooted cuttings did for a while. They did recover but it was a struggle.
                    NNJ 6B
                    Wishlist: Colar d'Albatera, Mary Magdalene's and the Virgin Mary's Fig, Red Lebanese BV

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                    • #11
                      Too wet Definitely

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                      • #12
                        Looks like dirt straight from the ground, not potting mix. Definitely too wet 😬

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