How to create an acidic/loamy type soil

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How to create an acidic/loamy type soil
« on: November 04, 2020, 13:43 »
I have just bought a Skimmia Reevesiana.    It will go in a container and RHS says, loamy, acidic (important).
Also bought Multi-purpose.   What should I add to this to make a perfect mix for this lovely shrub.   Thank you, Mrs Bouquet
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Re: How to create an acidic/loamy type soil
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2020, 16:18 »
Would have been better to have bought ericaceous compost for it ;) difficult to make ordinary compost/soil suitable tbh :(
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Re: How to create an acidic/loamy type soil
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2020, 16:58 »
I agree with Mum, Mrs B.
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Re: How to create an acidic/loamy type soil
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2020, 19:34 »
Acid loving plants like that dont like to dry out, so MP alone is risky.  Even some bagged ericaceous composts are a bit light in this respect.

What do you have to hand Mrs B?  What would be ideal would be some John Innes to add to the compost.  It just needs to be a bit heavier than MP but not so much that it will sit waterlogged.

The MP compost will be around neutral pH, but you can water with rain water for a good start and if you have acidic feed or anything labelled as good from rhododendrons, that will help acidify the compost. If not, your local hardware shop might be able to help, or failing that mail order, or check with local garden centres to see if they are doing click and collect. 


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Re: How to create an acidic/loamy type soil
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2020, 16:27 »
Thanks for your replies.   The big old one was just in an ordinary chalky bed.    I did give it a 4 monthly feed of Epsom Salts.    Early this year, I had it removed it had gone very leggy and was full of Crocosmia from neighbours !    I took two cuttings from it, but they are tiny.  I wanted "Reevesiana" because it self-fertilising so I have berries and flowers.    Because it had been in my garden for at least 35 years, prior to my moving here, it did not cross my mind.    Now I want it in a container so I want to give it the best chance.   I shall get a small bag of ericacious soil and mix it with MP.  Then I can use left-over to top dress sometimes.  I do hope I do it right, it was very expensive.   :ohmy:    how much !!!    Thanks again friends,  Mrs Bouquet



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