Potting Soil Mixture for Indoor Plants : Make Your Own!



Potting soils mixtures do not have to be complicated. I am attempting to demystify indoor potting soils in this video by showing you the mixture that has been working for the majority of my plants. We should create soils for our plants that also meets our watering habits in addition to the needs of our plants.
If you tend to water less often, add more water retention materials like coco coir, or peat moss.
If you water more frequently, add more material to aid in good drainage.
If you do use coco coir, be sure that you buy from a reliable source as some have high salts do to the palm trees growing near salt water.
Spring is coming and we are all thinking about repotting, transplanting, and potting our cuttings. For those of you that are new to indoor plants and feel overwhelmed by the choices of potting soils out there, I hope that this video gives you a little clarity!

Here is the breakdown for most non succulent plants:

60 percent peat moss, or coco coir

40 percent pumice, or perlite and organic matter like worm castings

If you are a heavy waterer, then go higher on the 40%
If you are a light waterer go less on the 40%

For succulents I use
One part prepackaged potting soil, or my own mixture
One part pumice, perlite or coarse sand

Coco coir- Triumph Plant Coco Coir Bricks – A Natural Additive to Potting Soil for Potted Plants & Gardens- Coconut Coir is a Sustainable Alternative to Peat Moss – Average Brick Size is 10 oz – 10 Bricks

Pumice – look for smaller sizes as these grains might be too large for some mixtures

1/4″ Pumice Bonsai and Succulent Soil Amendment Half Cubic Foot/3.7 Gallon (PM5)

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35 comments

  1. I repotted my pothos into a 12in pot today and i look over and see I completely forgot to add my drainage mix 😭🥲 I’m going to have to take out all that soil AGAIN to add my drainage mix. I needed to vent LMFAOOO i almost cried when i realized, I genuinely don’t understand how i forgot, it was on the table right next to me😭

  2. I ordered exactly this this month and itll save me lots of plant bbys i think. I want them all to thrive, not just live. So i hope that this will help a lot.

  3. thankyou for this recipe! rn, Iam reallycurious about indoor plants, and potting soil is the basic that we must know

  4. Hello 👋 loving your videos! Where are you located. I am in Toronto ON.

    I believe I have been using the wrong soil for my plants. Do you recommend making this mixture and slowly replacing the existing soil now during the summer months or fall? This is for indoor plants

  5. So no to vermiculite ?! I know you said no vermiculite for succulents . Darn i just bought a bag of vermiculite.

  6. My pots are made out of bendable plastic, and I was wondering whether or not I could gently squeeze the pots to aerate the soil. I've tried it a few times and noticed that it does create some cracks/tiny gaps in between the soil, thus aerating them. But is it dangerous for the roots? I don't want to destroy the root system…

  7. Hi. I've noticed that that question was asked multiple times without any answer. Maybe I will be more lucky;) How about fertilizing this mix later? I should add more worm casting or mineral fertilizer? As far I know, coco coir lack nutrients, so I am a bit worried about it

  8. Hi Amanda 🙂 I just want to say THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO for us plant parents! Since watching your videos now for about two months, I have increased my indoor plants from 25 to now over 200 plants in the last two months!! My adult kids came to visit me for my birthday on May 1 and thought that I have gone bonkers lol!! You have encouraged me that I can be a plant mom and be able to handle them all. I already received my Philodendron Florida Green and my Philodendron Brandtianum from your company Planterina. I love them all! I am now waiting for my Calathea Magic Star (free) with the purchase of my Philodendron Prince of Orange! Thank you for this video on soil mixture that I really needed for my older plants that need transplanting now. I do have a question…will this soil mixture help with lowering the chances of having Fungus Gnats? I was just wondering because I have some that are so annoying 🙁 Thanks again and have a blessed and awesome day today!! Yvonne Ramos from Fontana, California.

  9. I've used a mixture of regular soil, multipurpose compost, sand and pumice for all of my houseplants and they are doing quite well, do you think I need to make any changes??

  10. Thank you so much. You have no idea how amazing you are! Your soil formulation truly works and they are so extremely simple, one cannot fail. Thanks again.

  11. Wow ive been using miracle grow potting soil and tropical potting soil! So coco choir and peat moss can replace the potting soil? Good to know!

  12. I purchased a Monstera Thai Constellation that was rooted/started in sphagnum moss. It needs re-potting. How does one remove all that nasty moss without damaging the roots of the plant?

  13. it's the "i wanna get dirty with my dirt" – would buy a sweater, stickers, and gloves, and hats for that !!!!!!!

  14. I started mixing in my soil, kitchen scraps; veggies, fruits, chicken bones, egg shells, used tea bags etc..am I wasting my time? Lol pls let me know, thanks.

  15. Planterina, thank you for your video💚 I've been told that I should use activated carbon for my plants, if they suffer from mould on the surface of the soil. What would you say about that?

  16. I’m moving to Las Vegas from San Francisco and it’s time to repot most of my plants. Will this be a good soil mix for a dry heat environment like Las Vegas?

  17. Wow I feel like a horrible plant mom now lol. Can’t wait to make my soil!!Thank you so much for this video! I absolutely love every video you make…you are my go to anytime I want to learn anything about plants. ♥️ I can watch your videos ALL DAY!

  18. I'm going to tell you right now if you feel guilty about using peat , 😂 your a very strange person .I'm gone good luck .

  19. I know this video was done a while ago, but if anyone can answer, what other fertiliser would you recommend if you can’t get worm castings?

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