Monday, February 26, 2024

Charcoal in soil

Question:  I’m wondering how I can water some violets I got from you.  The soil comes all the way up to the pot rim and the potting material tends to make the water bead up rather than sink in right away.  At the same time, I am trying like heck not to get any water on […]

Soil won’t absorb water

Question:  I’m wondering how I can water some violets I got from you.  The soil comes all the way up to the pot rim and the potting material tends to make the water bead up rather than sink in right away.  At the same time, I am trying like heck not to get any water on […]

Repot when soil is dry or wet?

Question:  Do you repot when the soil is dry or damp? Answer:  It is best, and easiest, to repot from moist soil into moist (but not soggy) soil.  “Moist” meaning the plant hasn’t just been watered, nor does it need to be immediately watered–it will need watering in another day or two.  Just-watered plants, or those in […]

Moisten soil before repotting?

Question:  Should I premoisten soil when I repot? Answer:  We prefer to.  To begin with, premoistened soil is much easier to work with, since it clings together somewhat and can be “molded” in the pot.  It’s also less messy since it’s less “dusty”–you won’t be inhaling this, either.  Moisten the soil the night before, using hot water.  […]

Soil mix for terrariums

Question:  I use a seed-starting mix to make a terrarium.  It is extremely light without any fertilizer or moisture-retaining crystals.  Would this mix be appropriate for potting my violets too? Answer:  If they are otherwise properly cared for, you could use almost any kind of mix, including this one.  However, this is likely not your best choice.  […]