Creating Custom Soil Mixes for Healthy, Happy Plants

GERANIUMS (INDOORS)
2 parts heavy potting soil
1 part peat moss
1 part sharp builder's or coarse sand or perlite
Add l t b s p . (15 mL) crushed eggshells or oyster shells per each 1 quart (1 L) of soil mix
AFRICAN VIOLETS
2 parts peat moss
1 part heavy potting soil
1 part vermiculite
Add 1 tbsp. (15 mL) bonemeal per each 1 quart (1 L) of soil mix
OTHER HOUSEPLANTS
2 parts heavy potting soil
1 part peat moss
1 part perlite
useful measurements
1 bushel = 38 quarts (36 L)
2-inch (5-cm) clay pot = xh cup (75 mL)
3-inch (7.5-cm) clay pot = 1 cup (250 mL)
4-inch (10-cm) clay pot = 2Vi cups (625 mL)
6-inch (15-cm) clay pot = 8 cups or 2 quarts (2
SEED STARTING
8 parts peat moss
1 part perlite
1 part vermiculite
HANGING BASKETS
Equal parts garden soil, peat moss and vermiculite
WINDOW BOXES AND OUTDOOR CONTAINERS
2 parts garden soil
1 part peat moss
1 part vermiculite or perlite
PROPAGATING CUTTINGS
2 parts vermiculite
1 part coarse sand
BULB FORCING
2 parts coarse sand
1 part garden soil
SUCCULENTS (INCLUDING CACTI) AND ALPINES IN CONTAINERS
2 parts sharp builder's sand
1 part perlite
1 part heavy potting soil
1 part peat moss

 

Use the following mixes when planting a new potted or bareroot shrub, or when transplanting the following

ROSES
(use 1 bushel per shrub)
2 parts sharp builder's sand
1 part peat moss
1 part composted manure
1 part garden soil
RHODODENDRONS AND OTHER ERICACEOUS (ACID-LOVING) PLANTS
(use 2 bushels per shrub)
2 parts peat moss
2 parts shredded bark
1 part composted manure
1 part garden soil
1 part sharp builder's sand
Add 1 cup (250 mL) h o r t i c u l t u r a l  sulfur (per bushel)
Add 1 cuc (250 mL) bloodmeal per bushel

Recipes for Success: Create custom soil mixes for healthy, happy plants

BY JUDHH ADAM