can l see some examples of different potting soils WlTH PlCTURES?

squidy(8a)September 10, 2011

I keep reading about making your own potting soils, but I don't know what they're supposed to look like, so I'm having trouble. For example I tried to make one with sand and bark because it's supposed to add more drainage, but it turned into a big sticky sand-dirt cake that just stays wet.

If anyone has pictures/videos of different mixes, or knows a site that does, I'd love to see them. And if you can list some examples of the types of plants they're best for, that would be awesome too.

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You want to do a search for Al's Gritty mix. You'll find lots of what you're looking for. A couple years ago I started using that mix. The link provided contains some pictures and some discussion about soil components.

Good luck


Here is a link that might be useful: Scroll down for pictures

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 2:34PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

FWIW - 'drainage' and flow-through rates are two different things. Sand, including builder's or mason's sand, is too fine to afford good drainage and aeration, especially when compined with a fraction of peat, compost, and/or other small particles like topsoil or most bagged mixes, even in view of the fact that sand normally has a favorable flow-through rate.

The first three pics are the fast draining, well-aerated soil I grow all my houseplants in. The first two are made from Turface/crushed granite/fir bark, and the third pic shows Turface/granite/pine bark

Here is another excellent soil for houseplants, veggies, and mixed containers, made with pine bark/peat/perlite in a 5:1:1 ratio (in the middle)

For a discussion about houseplant soils on this forum, and to learn how to make your own soils click me

See the link below for even more detailed info, if you have interest.


Here is a link that might be useful: For an even better understanding of soils ....

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 2:36PM
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