When it comes to houseplants, the options for soil are endless. You can purchase potting soil from your local garden center, or you can make your own mix.
There are many recipes online for homemade potting soil, but no matter what recipe you use, there are a few basic ingredients that should always be included.
The best soil for houseplants is a mix of potting soil, compost, and perlite.
Compost is made from organic materials, such as leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable scraps. Perlite is a type of volcanic glass that helps to improve drainage and aeration in the soil.
If you want to make your own potting soil mix, here’s a recipe that you can try:
1 part potting soil
1 part compost
1 part perlite
You can adjust the recipe to suit your individual needs.
No matter what recipe you use, be sure to test it out before planting your plants. Fill a small pot with your soil mix and plant a few seeds. Give the pot a good watering and wait to see how the soil responds.
If the soil stays wet for more than a day or two, it’s too moist and you need to add more perlite. If the soil dries out quickly, it needs more compost.
Certain types of houseplants, such as succulents and cacti, need to be watered far less often.