If you feel like your plants are lacking, but you don’t want to use commercial fertilizer, here are simple natural ways on how to improve your potting soil for your potted plants.
Most soil mixes are often rich and loamy. That’s because they’re peat-based mixes composed of sedge peat or reed, pH adjusted with lime. As a plant owner, you know that your plants won’t thrive in this type of soil for too long. One of the reasons is peat-based soil isn’t really designed for plants. They’re only made for your convenience. Plus, they’re cheaper to produce and easy to bag and sell.
If you’re looking for natural ways on how to improve your potting soil to keep your plants thriving, try these five easy solutions!
How to Improve Your Potting Soil
Flush the Soil Thoroughly Every Month: Flush the soil to wash out deposits from tap water and salts from fertilizer. Take your plant to your kitchen sink or bathtub and carefully let the water wash out all accumulated salts and deposits.
Improve Your Bagged Soil: One of the solutions on how to improve your potting soil is to improve it by mixing a few handfuls of perlite. This is not a long-term fix, but it can increase aeration.
Make Your Own Potting Mix: Making your own potting mix is one of the ways you can improve your soil. This is a more advanced option, but it’s the best solution since it will last for two or more seasons.
Repot Every Year: One of the easiest ways to keep your plants thriving is to repot every year. You might still use the same potting mix, but for the sake of your plants, to keep them alive and healthy, repot them every year.
Wick Your Pots: Reduce the chance of root rot and improve your soil’s drainage by inserting a wick through your pot’s drainage hole.
These are the simple ways on how to improve your potting soil. What’s your tip for improving your plant’s potting soil? Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.
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