How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

A DIY Potting Mix Recipe for Container Gardening

February 8, 2019
Potting Soil Pots

Rate this Post: 

Average: 3.9 (168 votes)

Get a Free Garden Planner Trial!

Try out our Garden Planner with a free 7-day trial—ample time to plan your dream garden!

Try the Garden Planner

Frost Dates

Enter a Location

Here’s how make your own potting soil for your containers and pots! Using the right potting soil is one of the secrets to gardening success.

Container gardens are on my mind as the winter chill sets in. Containers are great for a number of reasons, namely that they’re versatile, space-saving, and allow you to be more efficient in your use of resources. If you have a small garden space or live in an apartment with a balcony or rooftop, containers are for you.

Creating your own potting soil for your container garden lets you tailor your mix to the needs of the plants you wish to grow. 

How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

For the amount of containers I use in my garden, I learned long ago that it’s much cheaper to make my own potting soil and store it in an old trash can, rather than pay for several big sacks of pre-made potting mix. Plus, I can customize the mix for a variety of different plants.

Before we go any further, note that if you only need a few small containers’ worth of potting soil, you may actually be better off buying a pre-made mix! Making your own is usually only economical on a large scale or in the long term.

Potting soil

Here are a few things to keep in mind before creating your own mix:

  • When it comes to potting mix, the lighter it is, the better. Loose and porous mixtures not only make a container lighter to move, but they transport water, fertilizer, and air to plant roots more quickly, and allow for good drainage, which is important for container gardening.
  • The perfect potting mix does not contain actual soil or garden dirt. It’s composed of peat moss, vermiculiteperlite, sand, and shredded bark or compost.
  • Start with the basic recipe below and then add soil sulfur to lower the pH or lime to raise the pH, according to the needs of your plants. Both additives can typically be found at garden centers. Plants such as lettuce, Russian sage, and marigolds prefer sweet soil with a pH of about 7.5, while others are acid lovers, like ferns, asters, and strawberries. They need a pH of about 5.5 to 6.0. Here’s a list of more plants’ pH preferences.
  • If rapid drainage is needed, as is the case for cacti, succulents, and lavender, add extra sand and perlite.
  • If greater moisture retention is needed, as is the case for ferns and woodland flowers (like primrose) add extra vermiculite or peat. 

Basic Container Potting Mix Recipe

1 bucket (10 quarts) peat moss
½ bucket (5 quarts) perlite
½ bucket (5 quarts) vermiculite
½ bucket (5 quarts) screened compost or composted cow manure
2 cups fine sand
2 cups pelleted time-release fertilizer
½ cup lime (to counter the acid of peat and keep the pH level near neutral)

Mix thoroughly. Makes enough to fill two 14-inch tubs or five 12-inch hanging baskets. Double or triple recipe for bigger containers.

Potting soil

How Much Mix Do You Need?

Potting mix is sold by volume (typically measured in quarts), and most pots are measured by their diameter. To translate quarts of mix into various pot sizes, use this quick reference.

Pots & Tubs

Container Size Amount Needed
8-inch 3 quarts
10-inch 6 quarts
12-inch 8 quarts
14-inch 12 quarts
16-inch 20 quarts
20-inch 24 quarts
24-inch 28 quarts
30-inch 72 quarts
36-inch 96 quarts

Hanging Baskets

12-inch 6 quarts
16-inch 10 quarts

Window Boxes

24 inches by 6 inches 12 quarts
36 inches by 6 inches 20 quarts

Learn More

Wondering when and how to fertilize your containers? Here are some tips.

See our Plant Growing Guides for advice on planting and growing popular vegetables, fruit, and flowers!

Do you make your own potting soil? Share your recipe in the comments below!

About This Blog

Get inspired by Robin Sweetser’s backyard gardening tips and tricks. Robin has been a contributor to The Old Farmer’s Almanac and the All-Seasons Garden Guide for many years. She and her partner Tom have a small greenhouse business and also sell plants, cut flowers, and vegetables at their local Farmer’s Market.

2019 Garden Guide

Reader Comments

Leave a Comment

soil for indian conditions

Hi, I live in northern part of India, where weather conditions are diverse. We have temperature range of 37 Deg F to 107 Deg F. So will the same mix serve purpose or should i change some ingradients.


Soil additives

I have used coffee grounds, tea leaves, crushed egg shells added to my potting mix to plant all my annuals. They seem to do really well here where I live, in the Tennessee area climate. I have these items daily so it stretches my potting mixture and adds lots of potassium and other minerals.

Coco coir

Can you use coco coir instead of peat moss? Would you use the same amount?

Coco Coir

Yes, you can substitute coco coir for the peat moss using roughly the same amount. Coco coir and peat perform similarly when it comes to moisture retention.

If you do use coco coir instead of peat, be sure to leave out the lime as well. Otherwise, your soil will be too basic. (Coco coir has an almost-neutral pH, whereas peat is more acidic; lime is used to counter the peat.)

Sterilizing soil--what about compost?

Thank you so much for this information!! It sounds like the mixture/soil one uses should be sterile. You mention sterilizing potting mixture from the previous year by baking it in the oven. What about compost? If one has a container vegetable garden, does that compost need to be sterilized? If so, does that kill off the things that the plants need to grow well? Thanks!!

Potting soil

I dont think the commercial bagged type has all these ingrediants


how much different in cost between yours and miracle grow? thanks

I never knew how important it

I never knew how important it is to have good potting soil. I am just a beginner and I have always planted things since I was young. Some thrived and others did not. I had never thought that different plants need different soil. I have thought that plants are planted and they will grow matter what soil and this comes from school experiments when you go and get you own soil and hope that your little bean plant would survive. Thank you so very much for your tips and time that It took you to post this. It helps immensely.

Potting soil

Where I live the weeds and pine trees around me ( and not in my yard) draws tons of bugs and creates a lot of problems. Using cow manure out here would be disastrous. Is there something else that I can do, because the flies here are uncontrollable.


The Editors's picture

Instead of using animal manure, you can use plant-based compost. Just make sure that it is completely broken down before use.

Old potting mix

I re-use my potting mix for annuals from one season to the next. I generally romp it all together in a big wagon and mix in some fresh peat moss. Do you see any problem with this? Should I be adding anything else to amend it? I generally fertilize when I water.

Reusing Potting Soil

The Editors's picture

The only potential problem could be the transmittance of diseases and pests from one year to the next. If your garden is generally healthy, then this shouldn’t be a problem. But, for added precaution, you could bake batches of the soil in your oven at at least 325 degrees F for 2–3 hours to kill off any nasty things. 

Adding fertilizer is good; you may want to test your soil pH as well, and add lime or peat as necessary.

diy soil

I don't see the sense in making it when it is cheaper in the long run to buy bagged and augment it as needed. It saves on the big outlay in the beginning and keeps from having to store bags and cans when you don't have the space. I compost, mix, pot up and plant all in the four large plastic containers I have. No hauling big bags or needing cans, can sit and play in the dirt without pain.


You are living the life I've dreamed about since the 60's. Good for you and your free spirit. My prays to your happiness and good clean healthy living.

Composted manure

I’m always torn in the spring between buying composted cow manure and using material from my horse farm compost pile. On the one hand not only is it satisfying to repurpose compost from my homestead farm, I enjoy the piece of mind knowing exactly what‘s gone into my compost material. However, commercial cow manure is much “cleaner” in the sense that seeds from forage and grains aren’t inadvertently sown when I use it in my gardens. I can’t help but wonder which one is best and if there are any workarounds to the weed problem (besides weeding and mulch barriers).


I had the same problem when I could get livestock manure. Then I started getting it in the late summer and figured out a simple trick. 55 gallon drum with small holes and a lid. Fill up half way with fresh manure and used hay, tap the lid on, place it on it's side and put it where I and the kids could roll it around. It heated up and killed the seeds and didn't cost much. Good exercise and fun.

what is sweet soil?

you said to add this to lower ph or that to make higher, then you said so and so plants like sweet soil. If you are referring to acidic and alkaline soils I do not know which is considered sweet and which is sour.Please just said acidic or alkaline.

Sweet Soil

Pulverized lyme is a common agent used to “sweeten” soils; basically it’s an amendment that neutralize acidic ph levels, and it’s used to prevent moss from growing on lawns, change the colors of hydrangea (blue is more alkaline, pink more acidic) and create conditions conducive for optimal growth in plants, etc. Hope this helps


I’m just starting to use plants for therapy.
I’m going to start with potted plants for my room I want to start with plants that give off O2 at night.
A spider plant got me started and brought me to your blog. I’m so glad. Thanks for sharing your wealth of plant knowledge.
What plants would you recommend?

potting soil

I recently acquired 100 bags of cheap potting soil which i used this spring, i haven't had much luck with it. Is there anything i can mix with it to upgrade? thanks

potting mix upgrade

I typically always mix in some peat moss and perelite to make it a bit loser, if the problem you are having is it being too compacted.
Peat moss always is a key ingredient even if you don't have the perelite. Hope this helps.

Novice gardener

I would like to know which herbs and vegetables (salad reens, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, celery) I can successfully grow inside my home since I do not have a garden. I plan on making your homemade soil recipe.

I currently live in northern florida (yulee) and I keep the temperature at about 76°F. There is a decent amount of sunlight coming in through my glass porch doors which is where I keep my only successful indoor plant: basil.

Do you recommend any specific pots/pot size as I don't want to end up with plants that require huge pots as they grow.

Any help is appreciated.

Indoor Gardening

Hi Anna, thanks for writing! Your house temperature is perfect, so don’t change that. You can grow a few plants with sunlight from a window, but most vegetables are going to need strong, direct light to grow well. A low-energy grow light suspended 2 to 4 inches above your plants is the best way to grow veggies indoors. For recommendations on growing salad greens indoors, try here: For pot size, it all depends on the vegetable: Tomatoes are going to need at least a 12-inch-wide by 12-inch-deep pot; kale or spinach, green onions, and celery will need a shallower pot, but just as wide; and carrots will need a pot at least 12 inches deep, but any width (depending on how many you would like to grow). When growing indoor veggies, remember to feed the soil an organic fertilizer, like fish fertilizer, every 3 to 4 weeks to keep the plants strong, happy, and healthy. Good luck, we hope this helps!


Need advice for production technology

4n1 Cherry tree

My first time with any tree. Wanted to know the mix/ratio to transplant my cherry tree in a 20 gal container. Basically, what is needed from bottom to top? Thank you in advance.

Growing fruit tree in container

Add a layer of gravel or rock to the bottom of a container that has drainage holes. Then, add some potting soil for the roots to rest on. Add the tree, and then the rest of your soil.

Coffee grounds


Can I use coffee grounds to a potty soil mixture? If so what do mixture ratio do recommend?


coffee in soil mix

To us, coffee is best used to amend soil over the long-term to improve soil structure. We would use sparingly, with no more than 20% of the total mix. Mix into the soil to make nutrients more accessible to the plants.

container soil mix for ornamental grasses

could you please advise what is the best mix and ratio for such plants.

Thank you

grass mix

The recipe above is suitable for almost anything; as noted, the soil pH may need to be adjusted. The pH for lawn grass should be 7. If the pH of the soil mix is too low, add lime. If it’s too high, add ground sulfur. You can test the soil’s pH with an inexpensive kit available at most home and garden supply stores and nurseries.

I meant "Desert Rose" plants not Dessert! LOL

Sorry I guess my auto correct just assumed I was trying to say Dessert on my last comment to you... My apologies.

mixing bagged garden soil with bagged potting soil

I accidentally bought a very large bag of Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm, & Citrus Garden Soil which after opening and almost using to re-pot my 3 dessert rose plants, (two are brand new, and one I've had for about 10 years and only re-potted once) realized it said it was for "in-ground" use!

I also have a few of new pothos hanging plants and a small bonsai plant (all in their original plastic store containers) that I am about to re-pot into new more permanent pots as well, so I already have plenty of regular potting soil on hand.
So my questions are...
Being I have no plans to plant anything "in the ground" at this time, can I actually mix some of this "garden soil" in with the regular potting soil so as not to waste it?
And if so, what would the ratio be?
Also, would I be able to do that for the dessert rose plants as well as the bonsai? Or do I need to go back and buy the actual Cactus, Palm and Citrus "Potting Soil" for the dessert Rose and bonsai plants?
Thank you in advance for your time and any advice or suggestions you can offer that I may not even be thinking of at the moment is greatly appreciated. :)

soil mix

Read the ingredients on the bags. You want enough “dirt” in the garden plants to hold some moisture and fertilizers/nutrients you might add. Desert plants, the rose included, tend to be particular about water/drainage. The desert rose is a succulent. It needs conditions that are bright, warm, and dry. Therefore, you do not want to over water nor have water collect in the container, so the cactus/palm soil is best for the desert rose, as cactus and palm are also desert plants. Soil for the bonsai would depend on the plant.

I am growing heavy feeding

I am growing heavy feeding plants in containers.I have decided to use a recipe with equal portions of Cowmanure,perlite,coco coir,potting soil(made of old tree leaves etc).Is this mix good?

original recipe soil mix

Make sure that the cow manure is aged (usually a year is safe). Perlite, check. Coco Coir, ok (it adds to the absorbency and drainage of potting soil and is used as an amendment). Soil made of old tree leaves…if it’s a very old decomposed pile it might just be fabulous. To be sure on all of this you might do a soil test (get a kit at a garden store) and check the mixture’s pH vs that which your crop needs. (You did not say what you are growing.)

Question regarding garden soil

I "mistakenly" planted some tomatoes in Kellogg organics garden soil. Do I need to replant them again using actual potting mix or is there anything I can add to the garden soil they are already in? Please help...don't want to waste all these nice tomato plants.

Thank you!

garden soil vs potting mix

Adding some compost is a good idea. Your tomatoes should be fine.

Coconut Coir

After reading how make your own potting mixes, Shredded bark is mentioned and I'm wondering if Coconut Coir would be a viable substitute for the shredded bark. Thanks

coconut coir in potting mix

You can certainly use coconut coir, but you should use it in placement of the peat moss.

Bell Pepper Plants

According to the Farmer's Almanac website, my bell peppers want loamy soil with a pH between 5.8 and 6.5. Would your standard recipe work for the peppers or would I need to add some sulfur to lower the pH? If so, how much sulfur would you recommend? I tried adding sulfur to a potting container for hydrangeas once and I just ended up burning them to death : ( Don't want to get the same results for my peppers.

container mix pH

The basic container mix recipe above should be at about neutral (7.0), or perhaps a tad acidic if the lime didn’t compensate quite enough for the peat. Before you add the ½ cup lime, mix in all the other ingredients and then test the pH (soil test kits are available at garden centers). This will tell you whether you are within the 5.8 to 6.5 range or if you need to add just a little lime to move it back toward neutral a bit. Hope this helps!


In your above mix recipe would I use a regular measuring cup that measures dry ingredients? For example the 1/2 cup of lime. I would use a 1/2 cup using a dry ingredient measuring cup? Correct? Thanks

measuring cups

You’d probably find that a dry ingredient measuring cup might be more convenient, since it is made for the ingredients to fill to the top, so that you can level it off. However, you can also use a measuring cup meant for liquid ingredients. This type is a little harder to keep the top of the dry material level, since the top measure line falls below the rim, but for potting mixes, it should work fine. Either would be a good addition to your gardening tool collection.

soil recipe for roses

Would this recipe work or container roses?

Soil for Roses

Yes, it could be used. You may need to do some supplemental fertilizing.

Amount of fertilizer?

Is the 2 cups of time release fertilizer right in tbe recipe? The reason I ask is that my time release fertilizer (basic 3 month type) calls for about a cup for 50 square foot beds mixed into the top 6-8 inches. The recipe above is for about 1 cubic foot which is far more concentrated. I have already potted veggies. I am just double checking that it does not hurt my plants...

Hi Nathan,

Hi Nathan,

The 2 cups of fertilizer is accurate. You mix this into the entire 1 cubic foot of potting mix.

Please help me! I live in

Please help me! I live in zone 8b, and I would like to start a garden. I have a few questions before I get started. I've read so much that now I'm feeling confused....meanwhile I have a table of plants staring at me....
1. I'm pretty sure I can plant 2 determinate tomatoes and strawberries in a 55gallon barrel/ garden tower. Can Bush string beans go in too, or do they not like acidic soil? If so, would the beans go in the bottom?

2. I want to make my own potting mix. I want to use 6cuft sphagnum peat moss, 3cuft Kellogg Raised Bed Mix, 1cuft Bagged garden compost, 1cuft steer manure compost, 1 cuft sand and some red wrigglers. I don't want to spend $24 on vermiculite :'( will this work? If not please fix my "recipe" :-)

3. I want to grow sweet potatoes in an old tub.Is there a certain potting mix I should use or is mines ok?

4.Lastly, I would like to get some carrots somewhere in there if possible :-D


I'm doing my first container

I'm doing my first container garden. I bought a Big Bag raised bed, which is 50" in diameter and 12" deep. How much potting mix will I need, and can you give me a recipe that won't break the bank? I'm planting tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, summer squash. Thank you for your help.

I don't know very much about

I don't know very much about gardening. I just bought some organic gardening mix. I am wondering, can I use it directly for planting tomatoes in a pot? Do I have to mix it with native soil or anything else? I don't have good soil at all at home...Thanks in advance for your help

No you can just use that

No you can just use that straight out the bag perfect the way it is I wouldn't even add fertilizer for a month or so

I start and transplant about

I start and transplant about 400 veg and flowers from seeds. I use Bordines potting mix and use 6 bags at 3 cu ft each. $22 and change is getting expensive. Can I mix my own for this volume and cheaper? Also is the compost you buy in bags safe for seeds? Thank You, Dennis

Bagged compost is weed-free,

Bagged compost is weed-free, from my 20 years experience of using it.  Price the materials to make your own potting mix to see if it's cheaper to make your own.  Prices vary so much by region, I'd hate to say it's cheaper.

I am using a wooden box

I am using a wooden box approximately 24" x 120" for a garden of fruits and vegetable. Would this type of mix work or what would you recommend?

For raised gardens, layer top

For raised gardens, layer top soil, composted cow manure, peat moss and a double layer of compost.  At the start of every season, add more compost.

Is it absolutely necessary to

Is it absolutely necessary to use manure / screen compost. Can it b garden soil, cheap potting mix…/and I add to it

no but your plants will

no but your plants will thrive with either these items contain essential macro nutrients the plant needs
to become big and strong

I want to make my own potting

I want to make my own potting soil to save money. So where can I get the raw components for the best price?

I don't know where you live,

I don't know where you live, so it's difficult to cite a specific retailer.  Generally, big boxes like Menard's and Home Depot have very competitive prices.

in some areas your local

in some areas your local landfill sells it real cheap but big box places like home depot and lowes always has decent stuff or you could always make you own by collecting local food scraps grass clippings leaves and other organic materials. Im thinking of starting a program in my town to collect restaurant waste as well as residential.

Last year for my balcony

Last year for my balcony container garden, I was advised to use Baccto Professional Planting mix. It worked fine for my lettuces, but for my pineapple tomato plant, carrots, and strawberries, it was a disaster. Would this mix you posted be better for fruit/root veggies, or is there something I could add to the Baccto I still have from last year. I haven't grown food in about 30 years. Thank you.

I'm not sure if this is the

I'm not sure if this is the right post to ask this question...I have a pot of calla lily and the leaves are getting you think is because of to much water?...have them in the dinning not outside I see the leave sweating lot of water don't know what to do...any help will be really appreciated.Thank you very much

There are two reasons for

There are two reasons for yellow leaves on callas: too wet soil and not enough light. Let soil dry out between waterings indoors and move the pot to an East or West facing window.

I just bought a pamdree mix

I just bought a pamdree mix from Millers LLC in Hyrum Utah (you can google them they supply garden centers all over the intermountain west) and they did several tests to get a better pH and balanced nutrients in a clean and organic mix. I haven't planted anything yet (it snowed yesterday) but it's nice and fluffy and if you live nearby their plant you can pick it up in bulk. It cost me $80 for 1 cubic yard and was more than enough for my 10 3 foot 10 inch deep bed. They even scrubbed the bucket clean before scooping it and placing it in our truck. Does that sound like an okay price? This is the first time I've done square foot gardening although I've got two row gardens out back (we have high winds and need the harder soil for the plants that could blow away otherwise). I like that it was easy. I'll keep you posted if it grows anything.

Prices vary from region to

Prices vary from region to region. If you are happy with the mix and plants grow well, that's all that matters.

Hi there, i have some self

Hi there, i have some self sown baby trees and srubs which i dug up out of the garden last Autumn and put into pots, Lilly Pillies, Camilias and Azaleas there all doing very well and are now about 5" tall. my question is should i pinch out some top new growth to encourage side shoots? (I am in Australia, so its spring now over here.)

Karen, don't pinch until you

Karen, don't pinch until you plant in the ground. If you intend for them to be solely container plants, repot to a larger container and pinch after you see new growth.

For succulents and other

For succulents and other plants that need dry feet, add perlite. Half garden soil and half perlite. Then throw in about 25 percent finely shredded pine bark.

Hi Doreen,I recently

Hi Doreen,I recently purchased a bulk amount of garden soil from a local landscape suppply outlet.They told me that it does contain some peat and would be suitable to use as potting mix however i find it stays very wet to use for my succulents, what would you recommend i add to it to help it to dry out quicker?

Inside winter gardening

I have had vegtable gardens off and on for many years. With the rising costs in the market, I am wondering if there are any vegtables that can be grown indoors through the winter months in a window with lots of sun, in a cold climate? Thinking of tomatoes and peppers..but how would they be pollinated???? Just curious and trying to eat healthy and affordably.

 It would be possible to grow

 It would be possible to grow small vegetables like cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs inside during the winter months, but with anything bigger, like squash, it would be difficult. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of sunlight during winter, so you would have to have grow lights--lights that produce light sufficient for plants to grow on and produce a little heat. You can pollinate plants yourself too--just take a cotton swab and transfer pollen between the male and female plants. 


im trying to start a garden, its says this mix is for containers, would it work with vegetables. i have mostly peppers and tomatoes. currently using miracle grow mix but i want something cheaper.

Fertilizing plants

If you're cross-pollinating flowers, like on cukes or tomatoes, how do you know which is a male flower & which is a female flower?

Lasagna Gardening

Because I couldn't go down with a garden, I've built layers in containers and on the ground using the Lasagna method. We've had extreme temperature fluctuations this Spring but I don't know if that is the cause of my stunted tomatoes and peppers. Should I start over? The average temp is in the 90's now. Thanks for your advice.

I prefer 1/3 sand, 1/3

I prefer 1/3 sand, 1/3 compost 1/3 spagham peat moss

I'm pretty new to gardening,

I'm pretty new to gardening, with sand do you use coarse sand or fine sand or both. I was thinking for my summer plants (I live in Australia) a potting mix of peat moss, vermiculite, shredded pine bark, and either a coarse or find sand?

How much...

If I have a container measuring 6' X 2' X 1/2' (Length X width X height to get do you convert that to quarts?

Re: How much

Multiply 6 by 2 by .5, which is 6.  That's how many quarts you need.

It would be about 15.5qts for

It would be about 15.5qts for 6cu ft - a gallon and a half is just ridiculous.

Garden uses

Can I use this mix for my garden soil (in the ground?) Or is it best for potted plants? I have raspberry, rose bushes, veggies and herbs that do fairly well every year but I know they can yield a lot more then what I'v been getting.

Re: Garden uses

This recipe won't work in the garden.  You can augment your soil with compost or manure, peat (if you need more acid) and shredded leaves.  Simply layer the materials over the existing ground and mulch with the leaves or finely shredded bark.  All are organic and will break down into nutrients during the growing season.  BTW, roses love peat, as they flourish in a slightly acid soil.  So do raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.  Also spread your coffee grounds around them.  Some rose experts suggest burying banana peels at the base of rose bushes to supply magnesium.


OK, I've read the comments about the Basic Mix recipe, and my page shows that the 2-1/2 gallons of peat moss is in the recipe. Is there something else missing? I am really confused here!

Re: Confused!!!

Nothing is missing, Jennifer.  I left out the peat in the initial posting of the blog.  We corrected that error after readers brought it to our attention.  The recipe, as written above, is correct.  Sorry for the confusion.

My apologies

As a number of readers noticed, I left out the first ingredient in the potting mix recipe.  Please add this to the mix: 1 bucket (2-1/2 gallons) peat moss.  My apologies for not proof-reading the post thoroughly.

Bad recipe!

This recipe is definately missing something, I would NOT use this as is!!!

Basic Container Mix Recipe

I have a question. As I was reading through this article, the recipe for the basic container mix said to add a 1/2 c. lime to counter the acid of peat to keep the PH near neutral. Peat is not listed in the recipe. Did it just get deleted or am I missing something?

shamrock plant

I always kill my shamrock plant and would like to know what I can use on it to keep it full and alive besides typical watering and sunlight.

Re: shamrock plant

Shamrocks (oxalis) are bulbs.  The foliage dying naturally is part of the cycle after blooming.  Let the plant die, the container dry out and then dig up the little bulbs.  Store them in dry peat moss in a dark area.  Plant bulbs about 2 inches deep in pots at the end of August or in September.  Water well and place in a sunny window.  Bulbs will sprout and the cycle will begin again.


this is a neat column. i hope this isn't a dumb question but does the basic container mix have the peat moss in it? i don't see it listed and was confused. thanks for your help.

Re: Question

Ann, you are absolutely right.  I make an error and didn't list the first ingredient, which is one bucket (2-1/2 gallons) peat moss.  I didn't proof-read thoroughly.  Sorry!


No problem, thanks, Doreen, for responding to me!


BONUS: You’ll also receive our Almanac Companion newsletter!

The Almanac Webcam

Chosen for You from The Old Farmer's Store