Originally Posted by Tytaylor77
I wouldn’t put any peat! It holds a lot of water! If you have slow draining dirt I recommend coarse sand. You can buy it at Home Depot for $4 a bag or so. Don’t get the play sand! Get the quickcrete pool filter sand if they have it! It’s the best thing you can do! 95% of Musa roots grow in the top 1 foot of soil! So under the plants put coarse sand and around the plants in the top 6” or so put organic material! Compost or composted manure is awesome and low cost! Composted leaves/leaf fungus is the best thing you could put if available! Then on top of that put a few inches of mulch.
Pure coarse sand is by far better than anything else for under the plants/corms.
After watching several online soil toutorials which is from a VERY reparable local Luguna nursery which is now in Santa Ana Calif. and their online site I have learned a lot about temperary vs permanent soils.
He explains very well the mistakes which his father who started the buisness in the 50's has seen through the decades,many that also emulated as all nurseries did until national studies showed otherwise.
The sandy loam soil was the Best Soil for healthy roots for a permanant plant given ferts.
The composted "black" so called good stuff with enough draining medium can grow rather well but only for 5-6 months vs a sandy loam which can sustain plants for a much longer term.
So yes,courses sand is a great backfill to my high clay soil,maybe 10% of my native and another medium?
Waiting for my TC's to double in growth to TX in the ground and should have this soil thing down by then.