Potting Soil Recipes and Soil Reconditioning

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CORNELL MIXES

From Hobby Greenhouses in Alberta

Agdex 731-5

The Cornell
peat-Lite Mix
* is formulated for growing topical
plants. The Foliage Plant
Mix
** and the Epiphytic
Mix
** formulas are adapted specifically for
their respective plant types and are modifications
of the original peat-lite mix.

Cornell has used Osmocote 14-14-14
and Peters 14-7-7 fertilizers with the tropical
plant mixes with good results. Other fertilizers
are omitted with the exception of dolomitic limestone
and 20 per cent superphosphate which are added
to adjust the pH and to maintain adequate phosphorus
levels. A trace element mix is added to assure
a balance of minor elements. Trace element mixes
can be purchased from specialty gardening centers.

* “Cornell Tropical Plant Mixes”
by Russel C. Mott

**L.H. Bailey Hortorium, Cornell
University, Ithaca, New York

 

Cornell Epiphytic Mix

The Cornell Epiphytic Mix was developed
for plants that require good drainage, aeration
and have the ability to withstand drying between
warterings. Plants having coarse, tuberous, or
rhizomatous roots are in this category.

Material 1 cubic meter
Sphagnum peat moss (screened
1/2 inch mesh)
0.33
Douglas, red or white fir bark*
(about 0.5 cm size)
0.33
Perlite (medium grade) 0.25
Ground dolomitic limestone 4.2 kg
Superphosphate 20% (powdered) 2.7 kg
Fertilizer (10-10-10) 1.5 kg
Iron sulfate 0.3 kg
Potassium nitrate (14-0-44) 0.5 kg
Granular wetting agent 0.9 kg

* Fir bark comes from Douglas fir,
white or red fir, or redwood, ground and screened
to a definite size. Finally ground bark (about
0.5 cm) has a dry weight of about 200 g per liter
cube. Fresh bark has a pH of about 5.0. Upon weathering,
it becomes slightly more alkaline. The bark contains
some nutrients, but these will not meet the requirements
of growing plants.

 

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what they are used for.

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   CORNELL
MIXES

   Cornell
Peat-lite Mix

   Cornell
Foliage Plant Mix

   Cornell
Epiphytic Mix

   Standard
Potting Mix

 


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