Best Types of Soil for Indoor Plants

(Potting Mixes Recipes)

An excellent indoor potting mix is usually composed of peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite. These soilless mixes absorb moisture well and resist compaction, but they tend to dry out quickly. Since they do not contain any nutrients, you must provide your plants with a consistent fertilizer supply.

Be sure to know your plants and make sure that you are giving them the best environment to flourish in. See which type of soil is necessary for your favorite houseplants.

Monstera plants are notoriously difficult to keep alive. Their roots need a soil mix that holds moisture yet also drains well. They prefer a soil mix with a slightly acidic pH, in the range of 5.5 - 6.5. But we don't just stop there - we balance this with natural elements:

  • soil mixed containing 1 part peat moss/coco coir, 
  • 1 part perlite, and 
  • 4 parts pine bark fines

to ensure your Monstera is healthy and happy!

Being a gardener is tough work. You move tons of soil, pots, and plants from place to place, and often have to hand-mix your potting soil at the same time. This all becomes a lot easier with this easy mix. All you need to do is add some of this mix to your potting soil and voila! Your plants will get the nutrients they need and you'll have your hands free for other tasks. Sansevierias has its own soil recipe mixtures, too, which makes it livelier and healthier.

The following should be followed:

  • 2 parts of coarse sand or perlite
  • 1 part peat moss or coconut coir
  • 1 part garden soil or potting mix

I recommend using a potting mix for indoor containers and garden soil for outdoor pots. For large pots, use a combination of our easy mix and your favorite potting mix or soil.

With the right care, succulents can thrive in your home or office. Check out these tips to keep your succulent happy.

  • A mix of 1 part garden soil
  • 1 part sand
  • 1 part peat moss or a mixture of 1 part potting soil
  • 1 part perlite

Plant potting soil is an essential part of the growth cycle of indoor plants. With so many brands in the market, it can be a little confusing to choose the best one. That’s why I recommend this DIY soil mixing recipe for your potted Ivy plants.

Recipe 1

  • 3 parts potting soil
  • 2 parts coco coir (helps the soil to have improved airflow and neutralizes the soil pH)
  • 1 part perlite or pumice (helps drainage keep the soil light)
  • 1 part compost (adds nutrients to the soil)

Recipe 2

  • 1 part sand or perlite (helps in drainage)
  • 1 part peat moss (helps retain moisture)
  • 1 part compost
  • 1 part soil

Recipe 3

  • 2 parts soil
  • 1 part sand
  • 1 part compost

Growing Ivy indoors is easy as long as you know what makes an Ivy plant happy.

A philodendron is a type of plant that needs nutrient-rich soil that’s high in organic matter. In order to grow well, it is important to provide the philodendron with the right conditions. Below are the DIY soil mixing recipes to make your philodendrons happier than ever.

Recipe 1

  • one part perlite, 
  • one part peat moss, and 
  • one-part regular potting soil recipe

Recipe 2

The second option is to: 

  • mix 50% peat with 20% compost, and 
  • 30% regular potting soil

This mix also matches the needs of philodendron plants in that it’s loose enough to allow good drainage and rich enough in organic material.

Recipe 3

You can also use: 

  • 50% potting soil, and 
  • add 50% coconut coir

Note: You can substitute perlite for coarse soil. This will improve drainage.

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