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May 28, 2017 8:39 PM CST
What is the best potting soil i mean quality wise to buy because i noticed the bargain price just don't work very well
Name: Joshua
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May 28, 2017 9:03 PM CST


That would depend on what you're planning to grow in it.

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Name: Will Creed
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May 29, 2017 1:30 PM CST
How much a potting mix costs has no bearing on its quality. And the quality of the potting mix is no guarantee that you will have success with it. There are as many good potting mixes as there are plant species. Every professional grower has their own special blends that work for them and the species that they grow. Different mixes will have different water requirements.

A good basic indoor potting mix will have peat moss or coir as its prime ingredient with perlite added to vary the amount of porosity. For indoor plants, avoid soil based potting mixes and those that contain compost and bark chips, both of which are often a source of fungus gnat larvae.

Ultimately, you will have to learn the cultural needs of the particular plants you are using in order to have success. Relying on soil quality is not enough.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 29, 2017 4:04 PM CST
Equal parts, peat moss, peralite, and vermiculite. Tree-mail @MacMannon for more. Whistling
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