Potting Soil #833305

Asked June 02, 2023, 2:02 AM EDT

I wanted a list of nutrient/ no month feed potting soils. Do you know of any? 

Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

Expert Response

Thank you for your question. While we cannot recommend any specific brand of potting soil, here's some information you may find interesting:

Potting soil, technically, is not soil at all. It is a mix or a blend of different materials, such as sphagnum moss, perlite, bark, compost, vermiculite, or coir, that feed the plant.  

Potting soil is expensive and is primarily deemed best for indoor and outdoor plants kept in pots, planters, and containers. The soil-less mixture is preferred for indoor plants and containers because soil attracts many kinds of fungi and pathogens that can be the death of the plant. The different components of the soil also ensure better draining, higher nutrients, and even fertilizers in the mix.

Potting soil contains nutrients. It also helps drain and distribute the water evenly for the plant to take up - gardening soil clumps together and retains the water, killing off sensitive plants. Potting soil’s ability to drain is the main reason it is used for most indoor plants.

Here are varieties of available potting soils:

All purpose potting soil can be used for most indoor and outdoor plants growing in containers and is made of a general mix of ingredients.

Organic potting soil is made from natural, plant, and animal-based materials, such as worm castings, food compost, manure, bones, and remains of decayed plant and animal matter over the years. It is rich in nutrients.

Moisture control potting soil mixes contain moisture-controlling pellets, which do not let the soil dry out entirely, letting the plant take up moisture as it needs.

Outdoor potting mixes are made for container plants indoors and outdoors, and give the same environment for growth that these plants would have had in the forest. They usually contain more fertilizer and moisture-retaining pellets.

There are also potting mixes made to use for specific plants such as orchids and cacti and for seed starting.

I hope this information is helpful to you in making your decision on what to use. 


Jeanne Quintavalla Replied June 02, 2023, 9:36 AM EDT

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