Can someone please help me!!! I was brought 4 pernettya for my birthday
which I have brought large pots for but I am unsure of what soil they
need! Everything on the internet says they need peat but is this a
mixture of compost and peat or just peat? Another thing no matter how
hard I look on the internet nowhere sells peat!!! I've searched for a
very long time and given up now - is there an alternative? Sadly I cant
just go to a local nursery as I am housebound so the internet is my only
way of buying the soil...
Many thanks, i'm going crazy ;)
Pernettya are members of the Ericaceae or acid loving plants. Peat IS
acidic but insufficient both in texture and nutrient content to be
used on a stand alone basis for containers. Most potting soils are
soil-less mixes that are peat based, however many have also been
treated to bring the soil acidity closer to neutral. Look online for
acid lovers soil mix, or use a regular container potting mix
supplemented with peat. Peat is readily available through a number of
online sources, so I'm not sure why you are having difficulty locating
it. Try searching under 'sphagnum peat moss". Elemental sulfur will
also lower soil pH to appropriately acidic levels but use sparingly.
And here's just a couple of potential sources:
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