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Q.What can I use to stop my decorative stones from mixing into the compost

Zone Surrey, London | Bouncin added on August 8, 2019 | Answered

I have 2 large cordalines in 2 large pots. I have just bought some stones that I want to top dress the pots with but in the past the compost mixes in with the stone and they are never to be see again. What can I use on the top of the soil to stop stones from getting mixed into compost. I was wondering if a large square of plant fleece would stop the mixing but still allow water to get to the plant. I think the fleece will end up sinking. The stones I have bought are glow in the dark stones as I think these should look great with the red cordalines at night. Any ideas please.

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Answered on August 9, 2019

The stones should not sink unless the plant is being overwatered. They will, usually sit on top. If they do start getting buried in, you may look towards watering with bottom watering pots, or watering in such a way as to not disturb the soil.

Furthermore, have care when placing stones on top. This will make it more difficult to tell when the soil is dry down to 2 or 3 inches. You should not water again until it is completely dry down to this depth. You may have to remove the stones in an area to check every few days or so.

This article will give you proper care of these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ti-plant/growing-hawaiian-ti-plant-indoors.htm

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