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Is Al's gritty mix or 5-1-1 mix really any better than other mixes?

8 years ago

The Internet (especially the Container and Citrus Forums) is full of
praises for Al's gritty mix and 5-1-1 mix. However, it appears that most people
on the Citrus Forum on the tropicalfruitforum.com
do not grow their container citrus in either of Al's mixes. Has anyone ever done a
side by side comparison of either of Al's mixes to any other mix to see which
mix produces a better plant? I searched the Internet without success. There are
many testimonials but that is not what I am looking for.

I bring this up because many of us, me
included, have taken the advice of others to use gritty or 5-1-1 and have gone
to great lengths to get the ingredients but we have done this without questioning
whether either mix results in better tree growth than some other potting mixes.

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