I have to reiterate. Soil is soil, all soil is great soil. What ever type of soil you have you just need to know the proper management of that soil.
No soil comes with NUTRIENTS. Ugh. There might be tidbits but even in the deep dark undisturbed forests with dark, rich looking soil, there is NO chemistry with which the plant can take up to use for photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the only way plants make their own food. There is no other food for plants. I wish that people would stop using the word nutrient or the word food in terms of fertilizer.
Fertilizer is JUST basic chemicals necessary for our artificial gardens our needs for food. Nature does not waste chemistry and nature doesn't like overpopulation so nature doesn't allow 'nutrients' or this chemistry I am talking about to happen! Population control...
We have to not only KNOW what the chemistry in our soil is at the beginning we need to know enough to ADD chemistry to grow what we want to grow. No soil should ever be considered NUTRITIOUS, having the right balance of N P or K plus minuscule amounts of a dozen plus micro chemicals (not nutrients).
If one doesn't understand chemistry and organic chemistry and botany and soils they need to learn this stuff to be able to grow plants and food. And sigh, talking about fertilizer; Less is Best, More is Death and None is Dumb. This No Till or No Fertilizer trend is ridiculous.
Roots in soil need air pockets. Air filled pore space...not large pore spaces but readily draining pores in the soil. That is one of the major reasons for using potting soil in pots. Very little soil, lots of uncompactable pore spaces, no disease or insects or weed seeds as it has been sterilized.
The dryness of the roots between pot and soil is the limitation. Roots will dry out. Other roots will be made if they can be kept moist and dark and maintain their access to lots of free air. Even aquatic plants need air, oxygenated water. Stagnant water is only meant for anaerobic life (stinky).
Epiphytes have multiple avenues to get water, nutrients, air and sunlight. They are a free loader of sorts borrowing from their host without harming the host.
And part of our problem as humans is equating plant needs with animal needs/processes. Plants do NOT BREATHE. No lungs, nothing like our respiratory systems as animals. Vastly different processes happening. Plants for all intents and purposes are ALIENS to us humans. Brilliant and after all plants are older than us humans and animals! They actually communicate, been proven, albeit a chemical communication than auditory. Understanding the processes happening in your plants, the needs of your plants is the first step.