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Choosing the Right Potting Mix

There are four basic kinds of potting mix, but how do you know which one you need? Which is the best for long-lived plants? What's the fuss about peat? Are peat-free mixes any good? Here are the pros and cons.

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Peat-Free Potting Mix

As concern about peat-stripped areas and ruined habitats grows, so the sales of peat-free potting mix have increased. One of the best, and least environmentally damaging, options is green waste compost. Made from recycled household waste, it is dark, black, and heavy, and suitable for most garden and potted plant needs. Otherwise, try coir, or composted bark (except for use with seeds and seedlings).

Advantages
- Good nutrient levels.
- Retains moisture well.
- Inexpensive.
- Heat treatment has eliminated pests, diseases, and weeds.

Disadvantages
- Some peat-free potting mixes give better results than others with certain plants.

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