What Is A Gritty Mix?
A gritty mix is a coarse growing medium made up largely of inorganic materials that closely mimic the natural environment that many popular plants like aroids, tropicals, cacti, succulents, or bonsai come from.
There are a number of benefits to a gritty mix that make it superior to any standard "specialty" tropical, cactus, or succulent soil you'll find in big-box, or even high-end plant shops.
- The extra aeration allows the roots ample room to breathe (Oxygen in + CO2 out) and avoid shrinking, caking, and compaction.
- Quick draining means water is able to freely penetrate the soil to get to the plant's roots and drain excess right out the bottom of the container, avoiding the dreaded "wet feet" that leads to root rot.
- The mix stores less water, allowing for the substrate to breathe and dry in a fraction of the time compared to any standard alternative.
- These soil options also help manage pests like fungus gnats. They live and feed on damp organic matter -- drier soils and less organic matter means a less hospitable environment for adults and larvae of all sorts.
Note: due to the specific materials used for these specialized mixes, the soil is dustier when handing than a traditional, slightly damp soil.
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Mel Anderson (Minneapolis)
Oddly satisfying, this mix.
David Potter (Palm Springs)
I put a basic succulent in your mix when the bag first arrived and it's doing great, whereas the split rock that I put in other stuff has now rotted. It was fine for half a year in generic cactus mix from home depot. Probably my fault but still, seems your soil mix is more idiot proof/forgiving.