[nafex] Potted Fruit? Soil

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Thu Jul 12 08:27:31 EDT 2001


While reading about potting up Evans suckers, the thought crossed my mind
to ask what people are using as a soil mix for potted fruit?

I did not give it much thought when I potted up some apple and quince this
season, and now I am curious.

I used 1/3 sand, 1/3 finished compost. 1/3 peat moss.  I figured it would
drain well, have nutrients, and retain some water.

Is this the best mix for potted fruit?

Secondly, I have been feeding with  fish emulsion as these trees are all
treated with myco. fungi.  The fish emulsion is very low in fertilizer
value (5-1-1 named Muskie) and I am curious how often 1' tall potted apple
and quince saplings in 9" pots need to be fed this type of fertilizer?

Would compost tea be better?

I am using the potting technique to overcome space issues.  I am one of
those people on less than 1/4 acre who has a passion for fruit.  After I
grow the rootstock and graft it, I find a home for it in a declining
orchard nearby.

Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a


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