Container plants are very popular but when it comes to potting mix, confusion reigns. Is potting mix really necessary? How do I know it’s going to do the job? Is it true that potting mix can be dangerous to handle? Here, from Yates, the most experienced name in Australian gardening, are the answers to these common questions.
Use regular (black ticks) potting mixes when you are growing short-term plants (like annual flowers that last for just one season).
These quality mixes perform well in a range of situations but fertiliser (especially growth-promoting nitrogen) needs to be added at potting time. These mixes carry black StandardsMark ‘ticks’ and are the ideal choice for potting short-term colour or fast-growing vegies.
These potting mixes (Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter is a good example), as well as having an organic base, have extra organic additives that improve the life and workability of the mix. Dynamic Lifter Potting Mix is enriched with organic Dynamic Lifter, fish meal and seaweed to provide gardeners with the natural solution to potted plant health.
Premium mixes are the first choice when you want the very best for your plants. Premium mixes have greater water-holding capacity, contain added nitrogen, and remain at peak performance for a longer period. They are a worthwhile investment, especially for those superior plants that are important decorative specimens. Premium mixes are identified by red Standards Mark ‘ticks’.
Specialty potting mixes have been formulated to provide particular plant types with the most appropriate growing medium. Yates’s list of specialty mixes includes: African Violet Mix – a fine, light mix for indoor flowering plants; Bulb Growing Mix – extra drainage to keep bulbs in peak condition; Camellia & Azalea Mix – quality mix with low pH to suit these acid lovers; Orchid Mix – very well drained; Seed Raising Mix – fine particles to encourage successful germination.