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Post by Happy roses on 13th September 2013, 13:17

Hi all,

I have no idea about making a potting mix,but was wondering if there is a good quality potting mix out there (osmocote for roses perhaps) or are they all not what they seem?

I have a couple of bare roots that I would like to repot, I planted them in June, so not sure whether to leave them for a while first, but in light of one of my other roses, Blue Moon (not a bare root) not doing so well I'm going to replace it and will replace the soil as well. I should add that these rose will be staying in pots indefinitly.
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Post by neptune on 13th September 2013, 14:26

most good potting mixes have a little red Australian Compliance label on them. The best and cheapest one that you could buy a couple of years ago came from IGA....go figure.....
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Post by Happy roses on 13th September 2013, 14:40

Somehow that wouldn't surprise me..,the bigger the name the bigger the price.
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Post by Dimity Cottage on 13th September 2013, 15:09

It may be just me but I am a bit unsure of potting mixes these days. I don't know if I like the idea of them almost always having fertilizers in them, I personally would like to add my own as you don't know how long the store has had the stock in.
I do try and buy Certified Organic as often as I can. I find the larger Garden Centres & some Produce Stores have these. It does pay to check the PH of any potting mix. I learned the hard way.
I do hope you find a suitable mix for your needs& I am sure your roses will grow beautifully.
Happy Gardening.
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Post by Happy roses on 13th September 2013, 17:37

Thanks dimitry, as a fellow brisbanite i would imagine whatever works for you should work for me


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Post by Ausrose on 13th September 2013, 18:38

I buy bulk potting mix and then add fertiliser etc.

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Post by Dimity Cottage on 13th September 2013, 19:26

Yes we have a Good Landscaping Supplier who sells bulk as well without too many extras, they also sell by self fill bags, much, much cheaper way to go & you can then pretty much add other elements to the mix to make it your own for what you are planting, also they are able to tell you what they have put in it.
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Post by paulh on 13th September 2013, 22:09

Here is a link that you might find useful for your perusal Happy roses...

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Post by Happy roses on 14th September 2013, 09:06

Thanks Paul, that makes for interesting reading.

Would it be ok to repot the bare root roses so soon though?
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Post by Dimity Cottage on 14th September 2013, 10:40

Paul, That certainly was good reading for anyone wanting to make their own potting mix. Thanks for putting the link on.
Happy Potting About
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 14th September 2013, 12:33

Happy, I would re-pot now if they are not happy or need bigger pots. If they have new shoots/leaves they will sulk, but in saying that they will recover, if you do re-pot them they will need liquid food.
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Post by Happy roses on 14th September 2013, 12:40

Thanks Roseman, will do
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Post by paulh on 15th September 2013, 02:14

Happy roses wrote:Thanks Paul, that makes for interesting reading.

Would it be ok to repot the bare root roses so soon though?
Hi happy roses, i am of the same opinion as roseman on this issue, i wouldn't hesitate
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Post by SueH on 15th September 2013, 18:43

Hi Paul, thanks for the link, a very interesting site! Loved the pallets!  

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Post by paulh on 15th September 2013, 21:47

SueH wrote:Hi Paul, thanks for the link, a very interesting site!  Loved the pallets!  
no worries your welcome
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