Making your very own soil for indoor plants can sound difficult, but actually it s super easy! This organic blend only has three components and is ideal to use for indoor gardening. But even if you do not have cacti or succulents, they also need a special indoor medium. I will discuss how to plant indoor plants tips that will help you succeed with your indoor gardening.
First, it is important to understand the differences of various houseplants in relation to how their roots grow. They all require different types of soil, which can be prepared in many ways. Your aim should be to provide good drainage, sufficient light texture, and nutrient-rich soil, with plenty of aeration. The key is to make the mix moist enough, but not soggy. I have found two different mixes, that work exceptionally well for houseplants and are excellent for houseplant care.
This indoor plants recipe comes from my friend, margie. It contains an excellent balance of nutrients, while still being very moist. This indoor soil is ideal for indoor plants. If you try this recipe with your outdoor soil, you will notice a huge difference in how your plants grow. If you want a healthy, beautiful indoor plants setup, you definitely need this recipe.
I have grown several varieties of succulents, primarily indoors, in this indoor potting soil mix. The first one that I planted was a Bougainvillea, or purple coneflower, which is one of the easiest plants to care for and grow. Growing this type of succulent takes a lot of love and dedication. Most of the other orchids that I have grown in the indoor potting soil mix have been quite difficult. However, none have proven as hard to care for as the purple coneflower.
This indoor plant needs much more moisture than most other orchids and some types of succulents. I suggest using a very light amounts of organic mulch to provide proper drainage. Perlite and vermiculite work very well as mulch, but they are too porous to drain properly. There are a couple ways to correct this drainage issue. You can use a product like Loofah, which is designed to help correct drainage problems, or you can cut holes in your porous wood planks to allow the water to drain.
For the other indoor plant types like ferns and mosses, I use different kinds of natural compost to feed them. If you decide to try this method, make sure that you add some good quality topsoil to go with it. To speed up the process, you can mix together several bags of organic compost. I find that half cup of each mix will do the trick. And you want a high quality mulch with some good quality nutrients in it like micronized coconut coir or worm castings.
Other options for making your own organic materials are by mixing bark, crushed oyster shells, wood shavings, coconut husk, walnut shells, alfalfa hay and even vegetable peelings. These materials tend to be slightly more expensive, but they also provide more nutrients to your plants. Some of the ingredients I have mentioned are readily available at your local nursery or you can shop around online for the cheapest organic materials. Other than that, you can use whatever you like.
One important thing to note when mixing your materials is to make sure that you only use good quality ingredients. I find that the stuff I just mentioned works great for all my plants. And you can mix them up as often as you like. Just make sure that you don’t over-fertilize your plants and that you alternate between organic materials (peat moss) and peat moss. Perlite and other mediums work great for my indoor plants.