Guide to Soils and Potting Mixes

Potted Plants

Garden soils and potting mixes differ and should not be used interchangeable. Any soil can be improved, so customize to create a plant-perfect blend.

Learn how to do a soil test.


Clay Soil

Heavy, sticky clay holds water and compacts easily.

See what plants thrive in clay soils.



Gritty sand drains quickly and doesn't hold nutrients.



Crumbly silt holds nutrients and moisture but packs down.

Cacti and Succulent Mix

Potted Plants

Equal parts sand, perlite, and potting soil provide the drainage these plants need.

Premium Mix

soil varieties

Jazz up potting soil by adding perlite, composted manure, vermiculite, and peat moss.

All-Purpose Mix

Terra Cotta Container

A blend of peat moss, vermiculite, and composted bark works for most plants.


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