Thursday, July 28, 2016

Green Thumb

I may actually have a Green Thumb! All the information is not in yet. But so far, it's looking good. Here's the story......

Repotting
Lately I have been in a repotting project for my balcony garden. My Impatien flowers have been looking bad. I did NOT know why? So, I bought (5) six packs of Impatiens and a big bag of Miracle-Gro Potting Mix,  and began.

As I dumped the pots of old potting mix out, I noticed that the roots of the Impatiens were very shallow. I thought to myself, "That's not right!"

Because I didn't have a clue about what caused the Impatien's shallow roots, I made a guess. And my guess put the blame on Miracle-Gro Potting Mix! [Can you imagine that?!?]

I began to research on the web about Miracle-Gro Potting Mix producing shallow roots and came up with blank results! That frustrated me. But stubbornly, I kept on searching for anything bad about Miracle-Gro.

While doing all of this Miracle-Gro searching, I stumbled on to other information too. One piece of information was about watering:

"Plants that are watered often with just a bit of water will develop a shallow root system. The plant has no need to develop a deep root system."

George is the problem
Shallow watering  is exactly how I watered my poor Impatiens!

So, it has turned out, after all, that I myself caused my Impatiens to have shallow roots. But thru it all, am I now a better gardener? Is my thumb turning green?

George at China Super Buffet in La Mesa
[Typing my blog post to you!]

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6 comments:

  1. You probably found this when doing your research, putting plant trays under your plants and bottom watering by putting water in the tray will encourage deep roots and will keep the roots moist!

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    1. Hi Sondra,
      I did not know that. And I am sooooo thankful to you for taking time to clue me in! :)

      George

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  2. If you top-water make sure the water runs out the bottom holes of the pot into a tray/pan so the plants can reach down to the tray to draw up water.

    Miracle-Gro Potting Mix is not the best on the market either. I have read lots of complaints from people who have tried it for starting plants early for their gardens and not getting the growth or health looking plants they were use to. So, if deep watering doesn't improve the look of your plants you might want to go to a nursery and ask about better potting soil.

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    1. Hi Judy,
      The nursery I use, Armstrong Garden did not have Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. I figured that they were just out-of-stock.

      Maybe Armstrong doesn't sell Miracle-Gro for other reasons. I'm going to ask them.

      George

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  3. Love your insightful and humorous posts George!

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  4. You figured that out, deep watering and yes trays under plants to keep things neat. Still chuckling about your post on TP - love how you share all the "good stuff" you discover with all of us.

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