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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 1, 2017 4:22 PM CST
It's getting harder and harder to find ready made potting soil without additives for holding moisture, fertilizing etc. It's time to mix my own. I already know to add perlite to those needing extra drainage (plumeria, adenium etc) But tell me your basic outdoor potting soil mixture ingredients please.
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Name: Adam
Broward County, FL (Zone 10a)
cadinkis
Apr 1, 2017 5:40 PM CST
I use Mel's Mix, from Square Foot Gardening.

1/3 Coconut Coir (instead of peat moss) (get it from a local hydroponic store or amazon.com)
1/3 Compost (usually an OMRI listed garden soil...like Kellogg's...from Home Depot)
1/3 Vermiculite (also from either local store or amazon.com)

Plus, I add azomite (amazon.com) and worm castings (amazon.com).

Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 1, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Thank you Adam @cadinkis. They have all that at my Home Depot! Thumbs up
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Apr 2, 2017 6:59 AM CST
Last year I bought bale of mix from a nursery- I think it's a good value that way and feels like money in the bank.
For some plants, I use a lot of fine bark mulch in the mix. I even had good results with a Sanseveria in straight bark.
Downside is, if the bark chips get dry, they take some effort to rehydrate. And I think I was leaving the baled mix too loose, not pressing it in quite enough, and some plants tended to be too dry.
I do recycle used mix into new outdoor pots.
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