Best soil mix for Fukien tea?

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Best soil mix for Fukien tea?

Post  EpicusMaximus on Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:58 am

I bought a fukien tea at a home depot store and it's not in the appropriate type of pot or soil.

I plan on re-potting it.

If I use turface as the base for the soil, what other materials should I include and in what proportions? I have some pine bark mulch on hand, coarse sand and some peat moss.

Thanks

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Re: Best soil mix for Fukien tea?

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:52 pm

Epicus,

if you can next time, try not to fall for the Christmas sales of Sub-Tropicals. Most of the time these plants are in a weakened state and without the proper conditions, they will just fade away and you will be led to believe that you killed it.

It isn't just the soil, but the recovery conditions after replacing the soil.

Do you have a club near you?
Do you have someone who can grow plants indoors and is willing to help you ?
Hopefully someone from up north will chime in.
Best to you.
Khaimraj

* I have the experience of taking Sub-Tropicals from London, bare rooted and going through the repotting in late December, down here in the tropics.
It often takes three years to build back up the tree to a normal state.
A few died off after 2 or 3 years, Sageretia in particular, but I had already taken cuttings, so it was not a total loss.

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Re: Best soil mix for Fukien tea?

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:10 pm

I use a basic mix of 1/3 turface, 1/3 lava and 1/3 composted pine bark.

But, Jim Smith and Patrick C. use pure turface.

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Re: Best soil mix for Fukien tea?

Post  ironhorse on Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:08 am

The soil composition isn't critical on these, just make sure its well drained. Mine purchased 4 months ago, came in an ugly mix of sand clay & stones well disguised with regular potting compost, took some washing off, in 50/50 peat compost and inorganic additive now, doing well with lots of new growth since. Light humidity & temperature situation is important, best indoor light you can manage and the most stable temperature, min 50F. Mine likes our bathroom windowsill.

Dave

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