- Oct 18, 2012
- NE Alabama
Thanks. I can now start looking for what potting soil is available locally.Oops. My mistake. I used potting soil.
I don't know if I can be of much help. Once I transplant into my cloth bags I only water from the top, but I'm using cypress mulch as a grow medium instead of soil. The water flows easily through the mulch down to a small reservoir that I have built into the bottom 2 inches of the containers. Enough water stays trapped in the bottom of the container to keep everything somewhat moist. I really don't understand why your soil won't wick the water up from the bottom. What does your soil consist of and how much water are you putting in the tray? Was your soil pre-moistened before you filled the containers? Are your bags truly breathable and porous enough for water to enter the bag? I feel for you, but I don't know how to help you, there are too many unknowns.Thanks Bob. That's what I'm hoping for.
I water to 2" in the pool, then allow the water to wick up. This only takes maybe 2-4 hours then the pool is empty and bags are heavy. The top of the soil can appear dry, but if the bag is heavy there is plenty of moisture, if the bag is airy light, the soil is dry. After awhile you can tell from just rocking the bags a little and watch the leaves. It's ok for the leaves to wilt during the day, as long as they stand tall in the evening. If they stay wilted in the shade, they need water.Beginning to realize that non-woven grow bags are a whole new ball game. I'm struggling to find the correct soil moisture that allows the water to wick up. I should have sorted this out before I transplanted. I took your advice Bob, and did a top water but still find the bags dry out and won't wick the water up.
Any advice gratefully accepted.