Musty odor in house -- houseplant container soil???

jenn(SoCal 9/19)April 2, 2012

I'm primarily an outdoor gardener but have slowly accumulated a collection of about a dozen houseplants during the past few years. They are placed in different parts of the house and all are potted in standard bagged container soil (I know, I know... from days before I knew any better!).

Every time we enter the house --- especially after it is closed up for the day --- I detect a strong musty odor. I am strongly suspecting the odor is from the container soil, especially now that spring is here and I'm watering more often.

I don't need or want this many plants in the house and would like to keep just a few for easier maintenance. Would the 5-1-1 or gritty mixes resolve this issue?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
capoman(5a)

Most likely yes. Wet peat based soil can easily go anaerobic causing musty, rotten egg smell. I've even seen this in a bag that has been sitting for awhile.

I've not seen this problem with 5-1-1. It's got too much aeration to get anaerobic. Reducing your watering should help.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 4:10PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
container mixture
hi, Can someone give tips on how to choose composting...
s501nano
Best glue for terracotta pots?
Yes I did. Left some of my pots outside and now they...
keepingon
Transplanting between containers
I'm looking for a rule of thumb for proper transplanting,...
cakbu z9 CA
Summer Squash
Last spring/summer, I planted a summer squash that...
meawea
anything you wanted to talk about vii - prolly mostly ot
I guess I didn't realize the last thread was about...
tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)
Sponsored Products
Wall Mounted Frosted Glass Soap Dish With Chrome Mounting
TheBathOutlet
Quantum Hulk Container - 29.875W x 16.5D x 15H in. - QUS976-BLUE
$47.99 | Hayneedle
Chalkboard Jar - Medium
$22.99 | Dot & Bo
Chocolate Toffee Duo - MULTI COLORS
$34.00 | Horchow
Hopson Chair - Key Largo Grape Purple
Joybird Furniture
Vintage Inspired Revolving Candy Jars
The City Farm
Natural Jute Beige Rectangle: 9 Ft. x 12 Ft. Rug
$416.95 | Bellacor
6'x9' Pebble Chindi Rug, Persimmon
Cost Plus World Market
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™