Plantation using Compost ONLY

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    GardenLover

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    Its been more than 6 months now since I planted an Adenium in
    a planter using Compost ONLY.
    I mean no sand or soil as a complement.

    But this plant is doing well with compost only having no side effects.

    I wonder why gardeners keep saying that using compost only
    can be overfeeding for plants.
     
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    Welcome to the forums :)

    I don't say that :D Plants very quickly use up the nutrients in compost only planters. As a rule of thumb I start feeding grow bags after 2 weeks with a liquid feed :)
     
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    I wish I could grow my plants in straight compost but I don't have enough. Compost is organic matter, not really a fertilizer although it does feed plants. If you tried to grow a plant in straight chemical fertilizer your plant would die very quickly. I think this is what you are referring to.
     
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    I think it depends on the plant. My banana trees love very fertile soil, they are "heavy feeders". However, I have some plants, such as the Blanket Flower https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaillardia that thrive in sandy, low-fertile soils and the Spanish needle will grow along side the Blanket Flower, but it will also grow in fertile soil, so it doesn't seem to care...

    However, one observation I made recently is that I've noticed when I first started gardening some plants didn't grow well and others did, this is when my soil was not nearly as fertile as it is now (after a few years of heavy mulching and composting).

    An example is the Cosmos, it use to thrive in my yard, all I had to do was cast some seeds and they just took off and re-seeded itself exponentially. However, I've noticed lately that I don't have Cosmos any more and I tried to plant them last year and nothing...then I read how the plant prefers low-fertile soil, so I'm experimenting this year with a section of my yard that is mostly sandy still, since it's never been mulched over.
     
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    @Chuck
    The term OVERFEEDING always creates confusion in the soil-compost ratio.
     
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