Desert Rose Potting Mix

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  1. Perry

    Perry Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    G'day,
    My wife has lots of Desert Rose Plants to re pot. Somebody suggested Bunnings Cactus Mix. I would need about 4 bags at least. Has anybody any suggestion how to make your own. One person told me they only use small gravel and fertilize the plants with liquid fertilizer.
    Cheers Perry
     
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    Here's a link to the Gardening Australia fact sheet that has some very important info re repotting.

    https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/desert-rose/9429380

    Here's another link with a slightly different potting strategy.

    https://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-care-for-a-desert-rose-plant.htm

    This link also indicates that this plant is susceptible to mealy bugs. I lost mine to these critters. No matter what I did they came back.
    I think in hindsight it was to do with the pH of the potting medium.
    I now know that Desert Roses prefer a pH of 6 which is acidic. Many foliar fertilizers strive to make the residual pH more neutral at around 6.5-7.
    Using a long acting prilled fertilizer might help prevent that happening.
     
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    G'day ClissaAT, Thank you you have helped me again. I will make up the Potting Mix and test the pH and adjust it accordingly.
    Cheers Perry
     
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