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A secret to strong, healthy plants - good soil

If you want to consume the plants in your home, you'd probably want soil of good quality. 

What constitutes good soil?

  1. Air pockets: For air and water to flow freely for healthy root growth
  2. Micro-organisms: To break down organic matter and transform it to useful nutrients for the plants
  3. Organic matter: Living matter that are decomposed by micro-organisms, beneficial for healthy plant growth
  4. Some water-retaining ability: Able to keep water in the soil for roots to absorb

 

Creating your soil mix:

  1. Sphagnum peat: Type of moss that decays very slowly, and can hold air and water
  2. Compost (black gold): Made up of decayed matter, and increases the soil's water-retaining ability and helps moderate pH of soil
  3. Vermiculite: To expand and create space for air and water. It also provides nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium
  4. Perlite: Keep soil light and flulffy, as it keeps water on its surface

 

Composition of soil mix

  • Sphagnum peat - 35%
  • Compost (black gold) - 35%
  • Vermiculite - 15%
  • Perlite - 15%

Example: 3.5 cups each of sphagnum peat and compost, 1.5 cups each of vermiculite and perlite

 

Where to get the mix?

You can find them in most of the larger plant nurseries.

 

Information from Ikea and G.R.E.E.N.S.

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