I repotted when I brought it home from HD. The soil I used was a generic garden soil. I honestly don't remember, but I do know that I did not add any perlite, bark etc to it, like I am doing now with my other plants. I water when the soil feels dry once sticking my finger in. Which has really only been maybe 4 times since I bought it about 7 weeks ago. The soil on top clumps up which I believe I found out is due to the "type" i used, it had some type of protection in it to help avoid over or under watering. I did have a gnat issue that has since gone. But I can't say for sure if it was that plant. I water enough that it runs through the plant and I have to empty the tray after a few minutes because its full of water.