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Old 14-05-2006, 01:41 PM posted to aus.gardens
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Default Commercial potting mixes

PatC wrote:
I buy good quality potting mix for many uses.
I'm concerned that they may contain viruses &/or weeds.
I recently used a very good product to plant my sweet peas in new large tubs
& surprised to find that it is now also shooting up what looks to be onion
I am also reminded of the failure I had for the last 2 years growing much
loved home grown Tomatoes...I planted them in very large virgin pots in new
potting mix hoping that I wouldn't be cursed with wilt that had been a major
problem, but within weeks, despite being very careful with the utensils I
used in these pots my Toms once again wilted & died.
Am I the only person to have these disasters, could it possibly be the
potting mix?
I seem to have done everything by the book but ended up with major
I really would LOVE to have some home grown Toms this year, what does
everyone think?
BTW thanks for your responses in advance!

The potting mix may not be the blame.
Seems white fly causes some of these damn wilts, and watering from the
bottom is a major requirement to stop spreading viruses from the soil.
Splashes etc can cause this. As far as I'm concerned a virus resistant
variety is the way to go. Where do ya get them.No idea at the moment.
Any one else have any info?
I had the same problems this year.