If I use Ocean Forest in a 25 gallon container (outdoor) will I need to amend it with something to aid in drainage or does it drain well on it’s own?
Many add perlite at up to 25% to aid with drainage and to prevent compaction. I do as well.
Thank you FixerPower. That’s exactly what I needed to know.
I don’t add anything to my FFOF. I have a 15 gallon fabric pot and the soil is still loose.
I purchased some at my local nursery today, and they said the same thing. No perlite necessary.
Yes it already has perlite in it. All you do is plant and water.
It’s a personal preference thing. It has some perlite in it, but not a lot. Doing a 3:1 mix of soil to perlite is quite popular. Is it necessary? That’s up to you.
I do it…
FF states its perlite is at 10% by volume, I add another 20/25% as this soil packs down and doesn’t drain well without it. Just my expierance.
I’ve used it for almost 2 yrs now and have never found the need to add more. I guess it would be personal preference. By adding more you would have to water sooner.
I’m still a newbie, but from what I’ve been told and experienced is the “preferred” Wet/Dry watering schedual works better with the additional perlite as it drains better and faster and I water every 2/3 days about 1 1/2 to 2 gals. At the 2/3 days the soil is fairly dry.
I transplanted this runt from the lousy 5 gallons of dirt it was in to 15 gallons of Ocean Forest. I blended in an additional 10% organic worm castings and 15-20% perlite just to to be sure. Here is a pic of what it looks like after I transplanted. This pipsqueak is almost three weeks old! I’ll try to keep you helpful ladies and gents posted on it’s progress (if there is any). By the way, I emptied the pot of old dirt and the smell was overpoweringly sour and putrid! This little plant could