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dgobi

Amateur gardener and succulent enthusiast in Western Canada. Zone 4a 🇨🇦🌵🏳️‍🌈

Crassula arborescens subsp. 'Undulatifolia'

  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2018
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dgobi

The soil vs gritty mix experiment continues! Soil on the left, gritty mix on the right.

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gjones

Interesting experiment. Please post results. I've changed planting my succulents in a mix of both as I find they dry out way too fast with just the gritty mixture.

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dgobi

@gjones I had the fans experience with gritty mix. I think until the roots develop it just drains too fast. So far the one in soil seems much happier with more new growth.

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apexthundery

I've also had success with potting soil over gritty for young plants. A nifty experiment!

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  • Season Icon Early AutumnEarly Autumn 2017
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dgobi

The experiment continues! So far the potting soil seems to be beating out the gritty mix handily. Water and light have been consistent for both plants

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gjones

I've planted some succulents in potting soil and others in cactus mix and they seem to do equally well (as long as I don't overwater and the pot has adequate drainage). Agree, the light is an important consideration.

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dgobi

@gjones Good idea. I love these little experiments. In my version the one on the right is cactus potting soil, the left is a soil free mixture with equal parts kitty litter, coconut coir, pebbles and bark chips

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  • Season Icon Late SummerLate Summer 2017
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dgobi

Progress report. So far the jade in regular potting soil seems to be doing better than the one in gritty mix.

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apexthundery

Ugh. Potting mix can't win!

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  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2017
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dgobi

Experiment time! On the left is a custom made gritty mix, on the right is standard potting soil. Let's see who does better!

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gjones

We've often wondered how much difference the soil texture makes. We'll be interested to see your results!

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  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2017
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dgobi

Ripple leaf jade given to me by @mintyiguana. Having a hard time keeping this guy watered enough. I think my soil might actually drain a bit too fast!

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apexthundery

The red on those leaves is beautiful.

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Alcurtis93

I doubt it's too fast draining. Maybe if anything you're watering too much and the roots are damaged. Be worth checking

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dgobi

You're probably right. This is a very recent transplant so I'm sure it actually did lose a lot of its fine roots. That combined with using a super fast draining gritty mix makes for a thirsty plant I'm thinking!

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