Mixes for Beginners
This thread is meant to help beginners find a basic, easy-to-use or easy-to-make mix; not to discuss pros and cons of one mix over another.
Many of the people new to these forums only have two or three plants and don't need large amounts of soil. They have easy access in Big Box Store to small bags of potting ingredients (soil, perlite, vermiculite, sand, gravel, bark, etc.) and most are not ready to take the step of making their own mix from ingredients that need to be ordered or are not accessible in one place.
Taking the above into consideration, what simple mix would you suggest from ingredients that can be found in one store. You can break it down to "You can use ??? for succulents, ??? for philos," etc.
Me? I recommend Miracle Gro with 50-60% perlite. Both ingredients are readily available BB stores. I would warn against straight Miracle Grow no matter the formula (especially the African violet).
I asked in advance and GW has confirmed that I can set the rules. So, please keep it short and no posts which denigrate peat-based products or criticize any of the suggested mixes.