Potting mix, also known as potting soil, is a mixture of materials such as sphagnum moss, bark, perlite, vermiculite, compost, or coir used to grow plants in containers. Some potting mixes have chemical fertilizers or water-retaining crystals added. For more information, please see our workshops.


Most garden center potting soil is made up of three basic ingredients: peat moss, pine bark, and either perlite or vermiculite (to provide air space).


Choose a pot with adequate drainage.
Fill the bottom third of the pot with potting mix and loosen the root ball gently before placing it in the pot.
Fill the remaining space with potting mix and press it down lightly.
Make sure to leave about an inch of space at the top for easy watering.


Fertilizers, compost, worm castings, bone meal, and other ingredients that provide nutrients or improve soil quality are sometimes included in potting soil mixes. Fresh potting mix reduces disease risk.

Saculant potting mix is another name for it.



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