Organic Potting Soil for Container Gardening
Where seed starting is concerned, potting soil is what you use to transplant your seedlings. However, in my experience if you use a potting soil that is not amended with fertilizer, nutrients, and pH balanced, I end up with wilting yellow seedlings. I prefer a high-quality soil that is amended with nutrients as my seed starting mix.
Plants need a substance (ie growing medium) for which the roots can adhere for plant stability (ie anchorage), which also provides nutrient and moisture retention.
Potting soil doesn’t contain worms; therefore, vermiculate and perlite are added to introduce air to the root system keeping the soil light and fluffy, allowing the roots to breathe. If the potting soil is too dense it will retain too much moisture, resulting in root rot and dead or poorly performing plants.
Potting soil or mix is a “soil-less” growing medium, meaning it does not contain clay, silt, or sand. Typically organic potting mixes contain a soil-less mix and compost which will often contain starter nutrients and fertilizer to help get the plants off to a strong start.
Organic Self-Watering Potting Mix
When your seedlings are ready for transplanting to a larger container, you’ll need soil that contains the right ingredients to help water retention and microbiota to help you seedlings flourish. Organic potting soil is the way to go!
Be sure to add fertilizer to help your seedlings along!
- Canadian sphagnum peat moss
- peat humus
- mycorrhizae (Glomus intraradices)
Q: How do I tell if my potting soil is organic?
A: Call the manufacturer or look to see if your soil is OMRI Listed. OMRI stands for the Organic Materials Review Institute, which determines if a product qualifies as organic under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP).
Q: Where can I find potting soil for transplants?
A: Click below and search for “potting soil”.