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tapla wrote: I agree with the clay pot idea. I have my plants (all my succulents and houseplants) in the gritty mix you see below. It provides an environment extremely conducive to good root growth/health/metabolism. With the roots being the heart of the plant, your soil choice is probably the most important decision affecting your ability to provide the best opportunity for your plants to grow as near as possible to their genetic potential, within the limits of other potentially limiting factors.
My favorite fertilizer is Foliage-Pro 9-3-6, because it supplies nutrients in the average ratio that plants use (3:1:2). It also supplies all 12 essential elements, including Ca and Mg (lacking in Miracle-Gro) and it supplies them in a ratio that is nutrient to nutrient favorable. This allows you to fertilize at the lowest rates possible w/o incurring nutritional deficiencies. Used in conjunction with a very fast draining soil, the combination is very hard to beat.