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Can good soil turn bad?

I bought potting soil well over a year ago, and left it open (inside the plastic bag) in my rooftop. I live in the Caribbean so it would receive strong direct sun every day. The soil was relatively ...
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Soil to buy for potted plants?

Before I ask my question, the only place I can buy from is Home Depot. With that said, what type of soil should I buy for my plants? It would be soil for planters and pots, and I live in the ...
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Should roots of old herbs be removed?

When I recently replaced an herb (by a different kind of herb) in a pot that didn't grow sufficiently anymore, I found that quite a large portion of the soil was held tightly by the many small roots ...
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How do I naturally or organically add iron supplements for my plants

From another question it looks like my avocado plants are deficient in iron. I'd like to explore and try natural/organic ways of supplementing iron. (I know organic is carbon and carbon compounds) So ...
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Which soil works for Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo)?

I got this Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo) recently, and would like to replant it in a different pot and change the soil: I've done some googling and got wildly different and often times opposing ...
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Is it possible for indoor allergies to be aggravated by potting mix?

Anecdotally, I've noticed that my allergies seem worse after working with it, even when using those brands specifically formulated for indoor containers. (Also, I tried to tag this "allergies," and ...
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Scoria coarse “sand” for my Haworthias and others

I don't find horticulture-grade pumice available locally. So, I bought some scoria and sifted it. I got three grain sizes, with two shown here: The third is whatever passed through the finest sieve. ...
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Should I throw out soil after rot?

I have sadly had a potted monstera succumb to rot. I tried taking clippings to no avail, but now that it's gone, I am wondering if it's safe to reuse the pot and soil with another plant? Can the soil ...
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Can I use lava rock as a substitute for sponge rock for my Hawaii's Anthurium?

I have a Hawaii's Anthurium, and the instructions say to plant it in a pot with 1 part peat moss and 2 parts perlite or sponge rock. I have lava rock. Would it be ok for me to plan the Hawaii's ...
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perlite on its own for succulents

What is your experience with using perlite on its own for planting succulents? I add slow-release pellets for start-up, but will feed with liquid fertilizer when plants establish themselves. The ...
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Haworthias in polystyrene pellets potting-soil when pumice not available

I have read this article about using styrofoam (Polystyrene) instead of Perlite. Is it good to plant Haworthias in 100% styrofoam grains? The poly's water retention is inferior to that of Perlite, ...
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What kind of soil does aloe vera prefers?

(I'm new to planting) Can I use native soil from a nearby grass field? Should I also add some plotting mix?
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Is powdered cow dung cake a good rooting medium for bulbs

This is the first time I am growing bulbs but I am not sure if dried cow dung cakes, ground into fine powder would work as a good rooting medium for the bulbs to sprout. A friend of mine gave me a ...
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What type of soil for transplanting bamboo?

Do you need special soil to transplant bamboo? Also, do you have to keep it in water or can you use potting soil? I have tried regular potting soil, but the bamboo died.
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How to sanitize used paint buckets before gardening?

A neighbour told me not to use empty plastic buckets that earlier contained paint (for painting the house) for gardening because the chemicals still stuck to the sides would leach into the soil and be ...
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Do Citrus potted plants need acidic soil

Does Citrus Plants growing in pots, need slightly acidic soil? I am thinking of the jasmine plant that requires, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, mixed with water, approx every 15 days, particularly during ...
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Are there online stores that specialize in selling plants in pots that bear fruit? [closed]

I live in the Caribbean, and I have 400 square feet of outdoor space where I can put all types of pots (it's concrete). So lately I've been interested in growing some potted plants that bear fruit or ...
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Growing vegetables in seedling soil

I am growing some plants on my balcony. I have bought some soil that is marketed as suitable for seedlings and herbs. I have some lettuce and tomato seedlings germinating in this soil. Soon I will ...
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What should I do before using dried up bagged potting soil?

I bought potting soil (good stuff) a year ago. Since then the bag dried out. What can I do to get it moist again? Should I just water it?
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Concerns with breathing in fine particles from soil

I've been filling planter boxes (PB5s to PB12s) with organic soil mixes, with a tiny amount of synthetic fertlizer. Is this bad for my lungs? The environment wasn't windy, and the soil was moist ...
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Storing potting soil and reusing the next year

Am I being silly for thinking that it's good idea to store the potting soil I've used in my annual pots? As the first frosts are approaching here, we empty our terracotta pots that were filled with ...
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Key lime tree: white mush/mold (?) on the roots, and curling whitening leaves

This is a followup to this question, from a couple months ago. I tried yesterday to edit that question to include the followup, but it was not very well-received -- I assume it was not the right thing ...
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Can I make my own potting soil with what I have?

I have miracle grow gardening soil as well as Hoffman and Espoma cactus mixes. Can I mix these two (part cactus mix part gardening mix) together for potting geraniums and lobelia? I'm out of general ...
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Why are the leaves on my drawf mandarin curling? over-watered?

I just bought this dwarf mandarin tree a week ago and planted it in a pot and the leaves are starting to curl already. I have been looking every day but they seem to be getting worse. I'm wondering ...
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What are these specks of white fuzz in some of my potting soil?

I was transplanting seedlings of chives and parsley and noticed white fuzzy specks clustered in the soil. Because it exists in both sets of seedlings - neither of which started with this fuzzy stuff - ...
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What's the difference between normal potting soil and specialty “Mediterranean” potting soil?

I have been looking at the labels on specialty potting soil label as "Mediterranean" potting soil for plants such as olive and citrus. The only real difference besides the huge price difference I ...
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Reviving some soil using fertilizer, how long to wait before planting?

I had a planter full of a nice soil mixture but let it go dormant and dry out for a year or two. Recently I have kept it around some other plants, exposed it to more light, and applied fertilizer (...
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Taking Care of my Orchid

I was given an Orchid several years ago and just wanted some advice on if I am taking care of it properly and if it needs to be in a larger pot. I am not much of a green thumb but this orchid has ...
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What makes potting soil good for pots?

Basically the title. I am new to gardening indoors and wondering why is it best to use potting soil for potted plants? I mean for growing seedlings and also plants that spent whole lifetime in pots. ...
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How to sterilise soil?

I am planning to do some indoor gardening. I've build some containers large enough to host 1200kg of soil. I am gonna use the soil form the garden and forest, but I would like to sterilise it first....
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Perlite causing tip burn in spider plant?

I've recently repotted my spider plant (chlorophytum comosum) to a slightly bigger pot with better drainage. I potted it in a mix of normal potting soil and perlite to aid drainage. I recently noticed ...
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What should I do about flying insects in my bag of potting soil?

I am new to the world of gardening/planting. I had a huge bag of potting mix that I bought from amazon last summer and used to plant some herbs. I used half of it back then and kept the rest in the ...
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Why is the new soil building mold?

Four weeks ago, I bought a bag of soil with the label “For In-Door Plants”. However, I noticed the formation of mold very quickly after I used it: Is it the soil? The watering? Or something else I ...
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Should I add soil with living things, like worms, to a potting mix?

I normally just buy in seedlings from big box stores since I am too disorganised to start my own seedlings in time. However, this year I did manage to get some seeds into the seed raising mix, and ...
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Is there a soil sieving and packing procedure to ensure equal moisture distribution?

I would like to know if there's a way to ensure every sample has the same initial conditions when performing soil experiments. The samples are going to be enclosed in containers of 13 cm height and 18 ...
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What exactly is garden soil, and why shouldn't it be used for potted plants?

Okay, I searched internet but didn't help much, so here is my question, I hope for a detailed answer. What is garden soil? I mean, why it is not recommended for potted plants? Is it because it's ...
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What's the best type of potting soil/mix for a Sansevieria (Snake Plant)?

I have a Sansevevieria (Snake Plant) and I'm looking for the best type of potting soil/mix for it. I checked some sites on google and couldn't understand a thing. Almost everyone has a different ...
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How to make a Snake Plant Potting mix in three category: Perfect, Good, and okay

I think title is clear. By graphic instructions, I mean pics of soil/sand/gravel and potting mix. If this question is weird and off-topic, I will delete it.
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Do I have to throw out soil in a pot that had snails on the turmeric?

I had snails in the pot with my turmeric. I threw the infested plants away but left the soil as I have ginger sprouting in the same pot. Do I have to throw the soil out?
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What precautions should I take when reusing soil in pots?

I live in a rented house, with minimal space for planting in beds, and am not allowed to modify the garden enough to change this. I grow a variety of fruit and vegetables in large pots, mainly ...
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How much soil to remove from root ball when repotting?

I have a plant that I think had a high salt content in the soil, likely from watering it with tap water instead of distilled water. To fix this, I followed someone's recommendation to re-pot the plant ...
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How to eliminate fertilizer odor from home?

I live in a small apartment. A couple days ago I added Jobes fertilizer to several potted plants. My home now reeks of noxious pulverized bone meal. What can I do (short of removing the plants) to ...
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What was the blueberry plant potted in?

When I was planting my blueberries today I thought it was strange to see that the blueberry plants were planted in some sort of matting (think the stuff for wire plant baskets). What was it planted in,...
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Which soil should be used with Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, Stockton variety?

The question Is this soil appropriate to plant this succulent baby? is relevant to some unknown Aloe but this question is specifically related Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, Stockton variety that has ...
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Do just-repotted plants really need to wait for days before watering them? Why?

I have read that for plants that have been just re-potted you have to wait some days. For the Aloe Vera in particular, I have seen some saying to wait for 2 days and others 2 weeks. I just repotted ...
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What's the fastest way to dry peat before re-potting an overwatered succulent?

I just got an Aloe Vera that was planted on peat, which can't drain the water well so it is making it suffer from overwatering (see my previous post with pics of it). Re-potting it with more ...
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What are these long, mostly translucent worms in my potted trees?

I buy, re-pot and take care of Norfolk Island Pine trees in my office. They're mostly decorated and displayed around Christmas time, but I take care of them year round and sometimes decorate them for ...
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What can I do to prevent mold in houseplants?

I've had several situations where my houseplants get a thin white dry-looking mold growing on the surface of the potting soil. I live in the desert Southwest of the U.S. Sonoran desert. I'm diligent ...
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Is this soil appropriate to plant this succulent baby?

I was browsing among the succulents section of this department store, and I found this offspring plant fallen apart on the floor! I took it to plant it since it was going to die there. The plants in ...
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How can i find what my soil pH is and how does it affect the plants?

I am pretty new to gardening(~6 months); I have a small terrace space with lots of potted plants (lemon, hibiscus, some herbs etc.). I get soil(along with vermicompost) from various nursery suppliers ...