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Potting Mixes for Different Kinds of Plants

FoxFarm 12-Quart Ocean Forest Organic Potting Soil

 

Our pick for a standard potting mix. Great for any tropical plants like pileas, fiddle leaf figs, monsteras, snake plants, spider plants, pothos, rubber trees etc.

 

$16.50

Dr. Earth Exotic Blend Cactus & Succulent Potting Mix 8 qt

 

Our pick for a cactus and succulent soil.

 

$8.97

Orchid Potting Mix from rePotme

 

This potting mix is a high quality potting mix from RePotMe. They are a company specializing in orchid supplies. It is their all purpose orchid mix.

 

$22.99

Available on Amazon

Dr. Earth Root Zone Seed Starter Potting Mix 12 qt.

 

Propagating some plants or growing some seed? This is the best soil for that.

 

$10.97

Carnivorous plant mix

 

Mix for Carnivorous plants. Comprised of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite.

 

$11.95

Available on Amazon

Ingredients to Increase Air Circulation and Drainage in Soil

Perlite

 

  • Lightweight soil additive, commonly found in most premixed potting soils
  • Creates aeration and drainage
  • Prevents soil compaction
  • Cheaper than pumice and more readily available
  • Less porous than pumice
  • Sift perlite before adding to soil mix to get rid of dust and small particles which clog soil and counteract benefits

 

$14.99

Horticulture Pumice 

 

  • A superior substitute for perlite
  • Provides excellent aeration to roots
  • Prevents soil compaction
  • Won’t rot or break down
  • Absorbs water well making for a more evenly moist soil
  • Can hold nutrients in the holes which helps regulate and elongate fertilization
  • Particularly useful for plants in very small pots
  • Sift perlite before adding to soil mix to get rid of dust and small particles which clog soil and counteract benefits

 

$16.59

Crushed Granite / Chicken Grit

 

  • Good to add to cacti and succulent soil mixes
  • Helps aeration
  • Prevents soil compaction
  • Good for top-dressing plants

 

$21.26

Horticultural Sand

 

  • Prevents soil-compaction
  • Increases drainage
  • Can be used to top-dress plants

$11.79

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Turface / Calcined Clay

 

  • Improves drainage
  • Increases moisture retention of soil
  • Prevents soil compaction making watering more effective
  • Popular in bonsai soils

 

$10.99

Available on Amazon

Lava Rock

 

  • Porous
  • Increases moisture retention of soil
  • Helps aeration
  • Prevents soil compaction
  • Good for top-dressing plants

 

$16.59

Available on Amazon

Mesh Sieve or Sifter

 

If you’re mixing your own soil this is a must have tool. I use it mostly for sifting out dust particles in things like perlite and pumice, which counteract the benefits of these materials.

 

$19

Ingredients to Increase Water Retention of Soil

Coco Coir

 

  • Increases the ability for soil to retain water and nutrients
  • Has no nutrients
  • Eco-friendly substitute for peat moss
  • Good for propagation of cuttings

 

$9.50

Horticultural Charcoal

 

  • Increases the ability for soil to retain water and nutrients
  • Removes impurities in soil
  • Raises soil PH
  • Helps aeration to roots

 

$12.00

Available on Amazon

Long Fibered Sphagnum Moss

 

  • Excellent for rooting orchids, bromeliads and carnivorous
  • Increases moisture retention of soil
  • Helps aeration to roots

 

$7.50

Available on Amazon

Peat Moss

  • Increases the ability for soil to retain water and nutrients
  • Will lower the pH level (acidic)
  • Good for propagation of cuttings
  • The over-mining of peat moss is ruining eco-systems, and is very bad for the environment. Unless potting carnivorous plants, I strongly urge you to use coco-coir or PittMoss instead!

 

 

$5.54 +$7 Shipping

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Pitt Moss 1qt Bag

 

  • Fantastic substitute for Peat Moss except the pH is neutral, not acidic like peat moss.

 

$9.99

Available on Amazon

Vermiculite

 

  • Increases moisture retention of soil
  • Helps aeration to roots
  • Beneficial for young plants
  • Good for propagation of cuttings
  • Try not to breathe in!

 

$6.99

Available of Amazon

Fertilizers

Dr. Earth Organic All Purpose Fertilizer – 4-Pound

 

Our pick for an all purpose organic fertilizer. Packed with healthy things for your plants. Use with any plant. If you don’t want to buy many specialized fertilizers, this is the way to go.

 

$15.69

Dr. Earth 701P Organic 2 Starter & Transplant Fertilizer Poly, 4-Pound

 

A great fertilizer for cacti and succulents – cacti and succulents are better with weaker fertilizers with a higher ratio of phosphorous.

 

$10.98

Dr. Earth 701P Organic 2 Starter & Transplant Fertilizer Poly, 4-Pound

 

A great fertilizer for cacti and succulents – cacti and succulents are better with weaker fertilizers with a higher ratio of phosphorous.

 

$10.98