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  • Re cutting required up-potting

    I am going to up-pot two of my cuttings from 16 oz plastic cups to 1 gal pots, To avoid over watered to kill the cuttings, please adv if the 80% organic potting mix + 20% perlite in 1 gal pot needed to be watered thoroughly before I move them to the new pots or not. Your comments by return will be much appreciated. Thanks...............
    COGardener
    Fig Phenom
    Last edited by COGardener; 01-16-2016, 02:42 PM.

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    Congrats! I would pre-moisten the mix for the 1-gal pots about the same amount as the mix used for rooting cuttings, maybe a little more but not soaking wet. Flooding it would be a shock and sudden change to the still-small root system. The plant is already going to be traumatized a little from being transplanted, might as well not shock it any more by changing the moisture level that radically. Just my humble opinion.

    I also find it's easier to extract the root and soil from the cutting cup if the mix is on the drier side, not right after a watering. I wait until the roots fill the cup more or less, so it usually comes out as a solid mass. Some roots might tear a little or stick to the edges of the cup, but then you'll have so many roots it will recover quickly.

    Editing in a qualifiier -- I don't mean the cup is 100% roots, just solid enough that the root ball comes out in a solid mass.
    Sarahkt
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    Last edited by Sarahkt; 01-14-2016, 08:09 PM.
    Sarah
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    • #3
      I would use way more perlite at this stage, like a 50/50 mix. proper drainage is still very important.
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      • #4
        Agree with Rob....
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        • #5
          Since I am not able to get Pro-Mix HP here in Vanciuver, B. C. Can I use either one of the below attachment instead of Pro-Mix HP ?
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          • #6
            I'm not familiar with those mixes, so I can't speak with complete confidence...but I'd still mix in a good bit of perlite. I'm pretty sure ProMix HP is their standard mix wix more perlite than they usually use.
            DBJohnson
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            Last edited by DBJohnson; 01-15-2016, 07:31 AM. Reason: Typo....again.
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          • #7
            You can look up what the peat : perlite ratios are on those and amend accordingly. Or just make up your own blend from scratch -- might be cheaper especially if you'll be filling up many gallons-full down the road.
            Sarah
            Bay Area, CA (zone: 9B)

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          • #8
            I know this sounds obvious, but when you mix it yourself, make sure it is very well-mixed.
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              DBJohnson
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              Honestly, that's my favorite part. Get everything in the big plastic tub and then mix with the hands until it's the same all through. Love that feeling of my hands and arms moving through the ingredients and turning them over.
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