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  • Fox Farms anyone?

    Has anyone tried growing in any Fox Farms potting soil? I filled (5) 25 gallon nursery pots with Ocean Forest Soil and I’m wondering if it’s even worth the cost going forward.
    Anthony- Fig Finder of Los Angeles

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  • #2
    I have used it before, its pretty good. Worth the cost? I have no idea. It has some slow release fertilizer in it.
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    • #3
      I think they are way overpriced and it's been very overhyped including the fertilizer line. Many of those brands are $$.
      With a little work you can put together a great potting soil if you source out some of the ingredients and mix yourself.
      Almaguin Highlands, Canada. Zone 4a/3b. WL: Ronde de Bordeaux, Florea, Hollier, Dauphine, Gisotta nero, Verdolino, Malta Black, Violet Sepor .Any early finishers would help, just starting out, not picky. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication~Da Vinci

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      • #4
        As far as a potting mix, HP Pro is available at Walmart on discount/clearance right now. $6/bag. Can't beat that. Aside from that, it all depends on whether you want your bag to come with some fertilizer or not.
        Zone 6a/b, Cincinnati. Wishlist: Ouriola, Ondata & Tupac's Killer

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        • #5
          Pro Mix is a peat-perlite mix. Ocean Forest is a peat-bark mix that’s got some organic fertilizers in it such as worm castings. It’s going to come down to your preferences.

          For me, a bark-based mix > any peat-based mix. For that reason, the Fox Farm happy frog mix is the one I would recommend, although I’d take either over promix.
          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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          • PacNorWreck
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            NotoriousFIG I usually add osmocote when I first pot up; I water until there is a good amount of runoff, so it’s good for me to supplement from the outset.

          • Figgerlickinggood
            Figgerlickinggood commented
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            When I bought my pro mix last week, the owner of the nursery said happy frog mix is getting harder to find and getting more expensive because now that a lot of states are legalizing pot, the growers are really liking the happy frog mix. Somehow marijuana plants grow real good in it. Guess you can say “happy plants make happy smokers.”

          • PacNorWreck
            PacNorWreck commented
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            Fox Farm have always been popular with growers of a certain plant of varying legality, but in general you can’t go wrong replicating the methods of bonsai growers or hemp growers for other plants - they both get super into growing healthy container plants.

        • #6
          You can go to any big box store or even some nurseries and get the ingredients to make your own soil mix for many more containers and for a fraction of the cost that it would take to buy that name brands. Also can put in the amounts of things you want that will work with your environment (well draining, water retentive, etc.) with also the fertilizers you want.

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          • #7
            I use ocean forest to root cuttings. It very pricey but since it's for rooting, it's fine.

            I would never put that thing in a big pot for my trees. It has too much of peat moss for my liking and it gets @@@@ expensive if you have a lot of pots.
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            • #8
              I think I’ll take all the advice on here and make my own. Spent more on the soil than I did the trees.
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              • #9
                I USE around 50 bags of ocean forest a year $ 12.00 a bag great stuff for my climate started to add ozmicote on larger pottings 7-25 gallons ,also use 20-20-20 once a month . with the BFF around will probably cut down on propigating tress for gifts and trades and grow um bigger for cuttings ? so i can spread them around safely !
                Zone 10a So. Calif. W.L. Super tasty new finds !

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                • Figology
                  Figology commented
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                  Nice. I wish it was that cheap here. It’s $20-$27 in Porter Ranch Ca. Area.

                • Fig Gazer
                  Fig Gazer commented
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                  i get mine from GREEN COAST HYDROPONICS its a place that mostly sells to pot growers ,they have a few stores scatered around so cal .

              • #10
                I absolutely LOVE FF Bush Doctor Coco Loco for rooting cuttings, it’s the best for me for that. Ocean Forest was too expensive to use for all my 5+ gallon pots, so I used GreenAll Organic Potting Soil instead at first, and later moved on to mixing my own.
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                • #11
                  I've been using several different types of their soil for about 5 years or so... the ocean one, the rainforest with the frog, the one with the strawberry on the bag. They're expensive but they're pretty good. But I wouldn't use them for any plants that will end up in your house. My experience has been that their soils are heavily infested with fly larvea and gnats, fruit fly type things like fungus gnats... mosquitos... I've seen all kinds of things hatch out of their soils. The fungus gnats were a huge problem for us indoors when we repotted (before we knew). Something else I've noticed was that a lot of my things seemed to kinda have a growth stutter after using that brand but all of them seemed to really come alive later... kind of like how organic fertilizer works really good the following year after you put it down but not instantly? Idk. These are my observations. Also, to be fair, almost every brand of potting soil or dirt that I've used has something in it. But it seems to me that MG and FF have a LOT. Idk. I like them anyway and I use them anyway. I hope this helps.
                  South Jersey, zone 7a- 20 mins from Philly, 30 mins from AC

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                  • Ktrain
                    Ktrain commented
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                    That's good information.
                    Thanks for sharing.

                    The way my home is situated, the main floor is 1/2 under ground....and the fact that I am surrounded by trees, I don't have house plants for the reason little direct sunlight to any windows.

                    I did try a few, I killed them.

                  • Realtorbyday
                    Realtorbyday commented
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                    Ktrain you should try a peace lily. They can thrive in pretty low light conditions... especially if you let it summer outdoors in the dappled shade. They're good air cleaners, too. They suck up all the chem that's off gasing (sp?) from all of our furniture and drapes and whatnot. They're almost indestructible. I've had one for almost 30 yrs and I HAVE TRIED really hard to KILL it. It won't die. It comes back. I have not watered it for months, left it in the direct sun, left it in a house in the winter with no heat... one year my husband put it out in the shed at his mom's because we didn't have room for it. I didn't know some of this stuff was even happening to it. It just kept coming back. So now we actually try to keep it alive because we feel like it fought to survive and earned it's spot. I'll post a pic later.

                  • Ktrain
                    Ktrain commented
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                    That sounds right up my alley,
                    Thank you for the recommendation.

                    And yea I'd love to see a pic. 😁

                • #12
                  I use whatever is cheap. So, invariably, it's pine bark mix with whatever is cheap and convenient. So far so good for me.
                  Cleveland South - Zone 5B.

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                  • #13

                    Ktrain Here it is my old peace lily. I parked the hand truck next to it so you can get a feel for the size of it. The flowers are large and pure white at the beginning, fading to the greenish color. The bigger it gets, the bigger the flowers get. This one started in a 6 in green plastic pot.

                    I couldn't post picture without starting a new comment. Sorry to highjack the thread but I said I'd post a picture of this so here it is:
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                    South Jersey, zone 7a- 20 mins from Philly, 30 mins from AC

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                    • Ktrain
                      Ktrain commented
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                      I like it, It would add some color to an otherwise completely brownish interior....I have no drywall so no paint, inside is all tongue and groove.
                      You can see what I am talking about if you look at my avatar.

                      But yea, I do like that...going to look into getting a couple, one for down stairs and one for the loft.

                      I appreciate you posting pic. thank you thank you

                    • Realtorbyday
                      Realtorbyday commented
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                      It will have flowers in the dead of winter. It'll make everyone feel a little happier. It'll go good with your wood interior.

                    • Ktrain
                      Ktrain commented
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                      Awesome....Thanks again. I owe ya one.

                  • #14
                    Its actually pretty good. Much better than Miracle grow . and if a person wants to just buy mix pre made its a good choice. But gets expensive if needing to fill a bunch of 10 -20 gallong pots . I still like it but am going to mix my own next spring. A few basic supplies and you can get great sustainable growth.
                    7b.. Wish list figs.. #1.Verdalino, #2.Figoin.....

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