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Hello, can anybody tell me what the difference is between wet, moist and water-retentive soil?

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  • Posted: Fri. 3rd June 2011 14:47

Re: Soli Types

Reply from Kathy C

HI, Hans,
In my opinion, they are pretty much the same. Only slight difference might be (though I would have to know what plant you were looking into) is wet, moist soil would be a little wetter than water- or moisture retentive. The latter can hold moisture without necessarily being saturated.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Fri. 3rd June 2011 15:51

Re: Re: Soli Types

Reply from Hans Schumann

Hi Kathy

Thanks. I was asking because the care instructions on this website use all three terms. I therefore thought they intended to make a distinction.

Hans

  • Posted: Fri. 3rd June 2011 17:10

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Reply from Carol

Hello Hans
I would have thought that 'wet' soil would be what you find in a bog - with standing water in it, or water that drips out of a handful of soil you dig up. You could have wet, sandy soil, on an estuary margin. Water-retentive soil would hold water after rain rather than let it all run quickly through. (Sand would not hold water.) But it would only be moist when there had actually been some rain (or irrigation). Does that help at all, or not?

  • Posted: Mon. 6th June 2011 09:57

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Reply from Hans Schumann

Kathy and Carole

Thanks to both of you. Yes, your answers were very helpful!

Hans

  • Posted: Mon. 6th June 2011 11:00