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Feb 10, 2018 4:12 PM CST
Boston, MA
Hello - what would you suggest to be the best potting soil for English Ivy plants? What ingredients would you use? I have the MG shown on the photo, but I am not sure if I should use this product alone, add something else to the mix, or use something completely different. Please help.

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Feb 10, 2018 5:16 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
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I don't think English Ivy is very picky about its soil.( It grows rampant here on any soil available.) A rather light weight potting mix such as you have pictured should be appropriate.
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Feb 10, 2018 6:39 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Miracle-gro dominates the potting soil market. They have long had major problems with fungus gnat larvae in their mixes because they included bark and other substances that gnat larvae love. Apparently, they have come up with a new potting mix that eliminates those substances and presumably the gnat problem. This is good news.

As Porkpal stated, Hedera Ivies are not particularly fussy so a standard mix like the one you posted here should be fine. A word of caution however, Hedera Ivies have fragile root systems that don't like to be disturbed and can be easily overwatered if they are moved into a larger pot prematurely. I recommend that you keep your Ivies in their existing post until a thorough watering is no longer sufficient to keep the soil and roots appropriately moist for several days or more. If you do repot, leave the existing rootball intact and move it into a pot only one size larger and with drain holes.
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