Originally Posted by Medwayman
Please forgive my ignorance. I'm not exactly sure what you're saying. What does "pinching back" mean? Does bushy = "wide diameter" and leggy = "tall and narrow"? Sorry, I'm a bit more mathy in my approach to things. :S
Well, we bought a big old bag of soft black soil to put them in. What does "drainable" mean?
I'm as new to this as a Floridian to the Canadian winter, so I'd appreciate dumbing things down as much as possible. :)
Hi, Medwayman. Pinching back generally means pinching, with your fingers, the tips of plants' stems. This causes them to develop fuller side growth (bushy) rather than fewer long stems (leggy). Plants usually grow new stems where they've been cut or pinched.
re: the soil, thick, heavy soil composed of lots of clay doesn't drain water very well, so plant roots will sit in water and rot. At the other extreme, sandy soil drains too well - it doesn't hold water long enough for plant roots to take it up, so they need to be watered constantly.
Take a handful of your soil and squeeze it together. The kind of soil you want will hold together - not in a tight ball, but it won't just fall apart, like a handful of sand. HTH.