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Choosing the Right Potting Mix

“Potting soil is a man-made creation that is in some ways superior to normal garden soil when it comes to growing plants in containers or pots. Potting soil is important for a number of reasons, but ultimately should be used to maximize the growth of plants or flowers. Potting soil will keep some moisture in the ground where it is needed, allowing for a plant to soak in water as necessary. “

There are four basic kinds of potting mix, but how do you know which one you need? Which is the best for long-lived plants? What’s the fuss about peat? Are peat-free mixes any good? Here are the pros and cons.

Loam-Based Potting Mix

Also called soil-based potting mix, this is made from sterilized loam. It’s often available in different recipes or strengths, ranging from formulations for seeds and cuttings to high-fertilizer formulations for long-term, large plants such as shrubs. Loam-based potting mix retains water and nutrients well. Start fertilizing potted plants after three months, when the nutrients run out…

Potting Soil for Indoor Plants and Container Plants

“As your houseplant becomes bigger and the roots start to dig through the gaps of the pot bound, repotting the plant into a bigger pot will get to be important. In the method of repotting, taking after a couple steps is all that is expected to finish this assignment effectively. In the first place, have a great time searching for and picking a container that will truly supplement your houseplants.”

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We indoor gardeners ask a great deal out of our potting soil.

We want it to support and nourish our plants, often for years at a time.

But the truth is, most bagged soils just aren’t designed for this. Here’s why.

Most soil mixes are peat-based mixes, often made with reed or sedge peat, and pH adjusted with lime. They are rich and loamy fresh out of the bag, and often they are enhanced with fertilizer or water-retention crystals.

If you’ve been gardening for a long time, though, I’m sure you’ve noticed that plants rarely thrive in these kinds of soils for too long. Instead, after a growing season—or maybe even two—the plant no longer grows as fast or looks as vibrant. With some poorer quality bagged soils, plants are lucky to survive a few months…

Read more: http://houseplants.about.com/od/growinghealthyhouseplants/a/PottingSoil.htm