My cuttings from this post have been rooting beautifully!
So, with some small pots I picked up at a garage sale, I potted them. Well, the potting soil was dry and would not absorb ANY water. Even though the soil was a name brand and just purchased from the store, it was dry. I've had this problem before and is probably why I've had some plants die.
This time I Googled it.
It's called hydrophobic soil and is common in soil mixes that contain a lot of peat.
I'm a little hydrophobic, or more accurately, swimsuitphobic...lol!
One solution I read was to put water in a five gallon pail and swish a bar of ivory soap in it until it begins to get soapy. Then add your soil.
So, I dumped my new plants back out and started over.
The source I read didn't say how much water to how much soil. So I winged it. I also didn't have a bar of ivory soap so I figured a few drops of Dawn should work. :) I just saturated it all and then squeezed it out as I repotted.
So, now I have a small plant nursery started. (More pots underneath)
I thought it would be fun to add some bits from my Dad's old shop.
Because I had so many cuttings, I put 2-3 in each pot.
Plus, I'm impatient and I hope it makes for a fuller pot sooner.
These glass insulators are chipped, but I don't care as I think they just look neat.
I still have cuttings rooting. As I'm pruning back my big plant trying to get it to be fuller, I just don't like to throw them if I can make a new plant instead. Plus it's pretty green and purple color in a jar like flowers.
Now, hopefully, they'll grow!
Do any of you have experience with hydrophobic potting soil? How, did you solve it? Now, I sit with a half tub of mud of what's left...I guess I'll just put a lid on it until I need it? or maybe let some of it evaporate outside and then put a lid on it?