DIY POTTING MIX FOR INDOOR PLANTS IN URBAN GARDENING


Hello Friends! In Today’s episode we will look into the
best potting mix or the potting soil recipe for indoor container gardening. The various ingredients used and the function
of each will be explained with simple concepts. Coming up! Before we start, please make sure you are
subscribed to this channel along with the bell notification. Well, Urban gardening or small-space gardening
in containers is on the rise! And the number of people growing plants indoors
is also on the rise. The most important aspect of container gardening
is the potting medium used, because this, along with light and moisture will be the
most important factor to help your plants grow healthier and disease free. I never use the commercial potting mixes available,
which are infact too expensive. I rather prefer to make my own homemade potting
mix recipe for both my indoor and outdoor plants. You can checkout my video on the best potting
mix formula for outdoor plants from an endscreen link at the end of this episode. Now, lets start looking at the ingredients
we use to prepare our indoor soil mix, one by one. We will list out the formula or the recipe
with the proportions of each ingredient used, shortly. 1. Garden Soil: This forms the major component
of an outdoor potting soil recipe because one of its major functions is plant anchorage
which is very important for outdoor plants which can easily knocked down by strong winds. We will use garden soil in our indoor potting
mix too but in smaller quantity. 2. Cocopeat or Peat Moss: I prefer cocopeat because
its easily available and inexpensive and has a neutral PH. Plus mixing this with garden soil removes
the compactness of garden soil and makes it well draining. This forms the major ingredient of our indoor
potting mix. Its available as a compact brick or in powdered
form. The coco peat brick can be easily reconstituted
into cocopeat powder by mixing it in water. One brick of about 5 kgs will give you a large
volume of upto 75 liters of cocopeat powder. 3. Compost: like vermicompost or decomposed cowdung
or horse dung powder or both. Compost manure is an essential component of
any potting mix to provide the major and minor plants nutrients like the NPK – nitrogen
phosphorous and potassium along with the trace elements. We have already discussed this in our previous
episode on the basics of indoor gardening. 4. Neem Cake Powder: This is optional. But adding this will take care of any fungus
and harmful bacterial growths and protects your plants. 5. Bone Meal Powder: This is again optional but
very useful if you are growing vegetables or flowering plants indoors under grow lights. This will induce flowering and fruiting if
mixed in potting soil. 6. Perlite, Vermiculite or Pumice: All these
serve the same purpose of making a well draining potting mix plus adding a good aeration system
for roots. Among these Vermiculite should be cautiously
used, because it holds lot of moisture and can rot you plants especially succulents. Vermiculite can be used for water loving plants
like lucky bamboo and others. Pumice and Perlite are the best options. Among these two, the main drawback of Perlite
is it gets crushed into powder if you use it along with too much garden soil and in
this case pumice is the best if available. Garden Pumice or horticultural pumice is available
in various grades or sizes and it does not get crushed unlike perlite. You can find the links to purchase these items
online in the description below. Now quickly, before the formula or recipe,
lets know the difference between Potting Mix and Potting Soil. Potting Mix is simply a mixture of all the
above ingredients minus the garden soil. That’s means it is a soil less medium. On the other hand, Its called Potting soil
when you use garden soil in the mixture. That’s simple! But most often these two terms are used synonymously. Well, here in this recipe, considering the
importance of plant anchorage, we will use garden soil too but in small quantity. Now lets look into the actual recipe of this
indoor potting soil. 7. Cocopeat forms about 40 to 50 percent of this
mix. 8. Garden soil about 10 or 20 percent. 9. Perlite or Pumice or both about 20 percent
10. Compost like vermicompost or Cow dung compost
or a mixture of both 20 percent depending on what you want to grow. For veggies and flowering plants, you can
increase this to 30 percent. For ornamental plants 10 to 20 percent is
sufficient. This can also be added later on to the top
layer of the soil – a handful of it per container once or twice in a month. 11. Optionally you can add 5 percent bone meal
plus neem cake powder. If you are not aware if these ingredients,
you can check out my detailed videos on each of these from links in description below. So, there you have it folks! This is the best organic potting mix recipe
for indoor gardening. Please like Share and comment below with your
feedback and queries. Consider subscribing if you are new to this
channel. Happy Gardening!

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  2. Very useful information sir
    I am really thankful to you
    Sir these days I am facing a problem of root rotton in my plants
    n slow growth
    I lost many plants because of this
    How can I know about my soil quality

  3. Great video 👌👌 👌
    PL do a video on ..
    Black rubber plant ..mine has turned green and is not looking healthy..also a video on adding manure to plants in September..like the quantity and what all to mix..

  4. Sir why no sand in potting mix ? I think ingredients you suggested it really good but it will contents lot's of moisture ?

  5. Hi I am getting small mosquitoes in all my plants ( outdoor as well indoor). Not sure what is the issue … can u suggest any remedy ?

    I have even tried Ugaoo soil less potting mix, faced the same mosquito issue in that as well .

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