Posts Tagged ‘soil’

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…