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Is it wise to reuse potting soil?

The potting soil in question is in medium to large sized pots that had/have tomatoes or small fruit trees in them.
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What are some sustainable alternatives to peat for potting compost?

I've just finished writing the tag wiki for organic and was thinking about wider issues of sustainability. Perhaps the best area where I could improve things personally, would be to use an alternative ...
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What type of potting soil is most suitable for indoor herbs?

I've tried a few times to grow potted herbs in my apartment with varying success, and I suspect it is related to the potting soil. I have basil and rosemary that are thriving in pots filled with ...
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Can we take out the whole root of Aloe Vera and replant it during transplant?

I bought a Aloe Vera in a shop a year ago and I just use the pot that came with it, so obviously I don't know what is in the soil and their components. Yesterday I felt that I should transplant the ...
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Why use potting mix instead of natural soil?

Being a layman who is thinking of starting to garden in the yard I have a question in mind. Why does one need to buy potting mix and why not use natural soil for gardening? I live in Melbourne ...
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Do I need to correct the pH of my newly re-potted citrus tree?

I tried my hand at making my own soil for my citrus tree re potting. See below for the long story reasoning. I mixed EKO store bought (I live in an apartment) organic compost with coco coir and ...
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What is a recipe for a long-lasting, fast draining container soil mix with good aeration?

I'm interested in making my own container soil for some potted citrus and figs as well as something that'll work for other house plants. I've heard of Al's Gritty Mix. Does anyone have a mix that's ...
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Has anybody had any success using 5 gallon buckets as planters?

I've recently became interested in starting some outdoor planters this coming spring. After searching around, I found an interesting idea off of Popular Mechanics using 5 gallon drywall buckets as ...
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Is it okay to leave peat moss out from a soil-less mix recipe?

Is it OK to leave out peat moss in a soil recipe? I have this gardenbox and I'm looking for recipes for a mix to buy in bulk and ALL of them have peat moss, but from what I've read it's no good. Here'...
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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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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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Does commercial (bagged) soil eventually expire/die?

I have several piles of commercial, bagged top soil and potting mix that have been lying in my garage for at least 10 years. I'm doing some renovations and can really use some extra soil for some new ...
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How is 'gardening soil' made?

Typical garden soil from the garden centre has a perfect black colour, with additions like peat, fertilizers, and so called 'soil improvers'. Can someone explain to me what the process is of making ...
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Should I use potting soil with mold to plant a Peace Lily?

I had a large bag of potting soil. When I opened it there was a thin layer of white mold on top. I used it to re-pot a Peace Lily. Now I am thinking maybe I should not have used it. What is the ...
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What is “parts” in this potting soil recipe?

I have this recipe that I found from my Granddad's place for making potting soil, for which I need 120 gallons (or for a 16 cubic foot raised box). The recipe calls for the following ingredients: 5 ...
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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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Is there a way to recycle old potting soil?

When I repot all of my potted plants each year, I end up with a rather large amount of used potting soil. It seems like a waste of good organic material to take it to the landfill. Is there a way of ...
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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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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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Does mixing ash with your potting soil make a difference?

I always have some ash left in the barbecue. Would mixing it in the potting soil be a good or a bad thing for my pot plants? The ash is only from charcoal so nothing nasty in it.
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Transplanting into seedling starter?

I have four apple tree seedlings that are in one pot and they're getting too big to get enough light for each of them. I have some pots that I bought to transplant them, but I bought some of this. ...
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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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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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May have planted my tree wrong… is it too late to dig it up and replant it?

I live in climate zone 7a in New Mexico, and I planted a pear tree in my backyard three days ago. Following the directions on the tag, I dug a hole twice the diameter and depth of the root ball and ...
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Is it fine if I use the same type of soil for different houseplants?

At my home I have got a few different plants (Aloe, Rose, Neem, Pisum, Air plant, Lucky Bamboo). I got some type of soil (mixed with compost) from the plant nursery, and I'm wondering if using the ...
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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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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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How should I care for a potted apple seedling?

About two weeks ago, a friend of mine ate an apple and found that the seeds had already sprouted inside the apple. I thought this was pretty cool, so I put them in a cup to grow. They grew into "...
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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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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 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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Why is my Dracaena fragrans wrinkling?

I have a Dracaena fragrans (corn plant) which is dying. I originally purchased it just over a year ago, when a similar plant I had (Yucca elephantisis) died in a similar manner. Basically, what ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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What is the proper soil type for Aloe?

I have a couple aloe plants that don't seem to be really growing much. I'm pretty sure it's because I never bothered to look up what soil they really need and have just been keeping them in potting ...
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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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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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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 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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What is causing the yellowing on my English Ivy's leaves?

Same unfortunate newbie from this thread I have some ivy plants that two weeks after transplant are yellowing of the leaves and starting to look rather sad. These were purchased as full size plants ...
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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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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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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 (...