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All Purpose potting mix

12 quart box.  The same mix that we use for nearly all of our plants.  A sterile, soilless, mix that we make ourselves.  Contains 40% sphagnum peat, 50% vermiculite (coarse and extra coarse) and 10% perlite, with wetting agent.  One box contains enough soil to repot approximately: 20 plants in 4" pots, 80 in 2.5"-3" pots, and 100 in 2.25" pots.  We suggest adding 1 part water to 4 parts soil the night before using--this will provide the proper moisture and consistency for easy potting.  Shipped postage-paid (shipping included in price).


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All Purpose potting mix

Average Rating 4.8 out of 5

love this soil

I also use this soil for some of my large houseplants (e.g., pothos, aphelandra, cissus, syngonium)--they appear to love it. (After previously having potted my plants in various big-box store commercial mixes--which invariably resulted in fungus gnat central, aaaghhh!---I tried repotting them in this lighter mix instead, and my houseplants shot up and started growing like they were off to the races.) It drains well and retains just the right amount of moisture. I bottom water all my plants and this soil has worked really well for bottom watering. No issues with fungus gnats.

Rose Sullivan Mar 28 2023, 09:18 AM

But ...

I ordered this in 2020 (and still have a lot left over) and within weeks I was inundated with fungus gnats. And they just keep on coming back. The soil, itself, is excellent and drains beautifully, but ... VB note: we ship soil dry. Fungus gnats will not appear or reproduce if soil is occasionally allowed to dry.

Adrienne Hermann Aug 20 2022, 15:26 PM

Looks great

I’m ordering this mix and I’m so excited to try it based on other reviews!

Anonymous Dec 12 2021, 19:29 PM


My violets were not blooming at all until I repotted them with the All Purpose Potting Soil and they have been happy ever since. I would not use anything else for my precious babies! Expensive but worth having beautiful, healthy plants.

Vicki Richard Sep 13 2021, 17:18 PM

Potting soil

My sister sent me some I love it

Anonymous Jul 24 2020, 20:12 PM

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