Containers forum→Can potting soil stay outside in a closed container?

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Name: Katie Harper
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Nellie923
May 7, 2021 9:01 AM CST
I have many pots on my back deck and it would be handy to keep the potting soil mixes there as well. I'm thinking of purchasing some large storage bins (I use one of those in my garage to keep soil mixes in). Is there a downside to keeping soil in such a container on my deck? I just don't want any bad bacteria or mold to grow there that might harm the plants later. Thanks.
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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NMoasis
May 7, 2021 9:14 AM CST
I keep potting soil mixes in a large storage container outdoors...one of those big plastic totes available at any hardware store. Sometimes if I see a lot of condensation on the underside of the lid I leave it open for a day to dry out, but I haven't had unpleasantness in them. It doesn't stay undisturbed or unused for very long however; maybe a couple of months max in the coldest part of winter. It is in a shaded location.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
May 7, 2021 11:45 AM CST
I would be more concerned about container sitting on the deck than the contents. If the container causes moisture to stay underneath, that could cause a wet spot & premature deterioration of the deck. When I do buy it, I keep bags of potting soil just about anywhere outside until they are used, as long as it can't get rained on.
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Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
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NMoasis
May 7, 2021 12:36 PM CST
Ha! I often forget about moisture issues. 🌵
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 7, 2021 12:37 PM CST
Yeah, probably not an issue where you are.
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Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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NMoasis
May 7, 2021 12:53 PM CST
Well, rotting a wooden deck with consistent moisture can happen in any climate, but admittedly it's not the first thing that pops into my head Hilarious!
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Name: Katie Harper
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Nellie923
May 8, 2021 11:30 AM CST
Good point about the moisture getting trapped underneath the container. Maybe I could just put it on some short plant stands or caddies to keep it off the wood. Thanks to all!

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