Stay Clear of Sta Green Potting Mix – Bad Dirt!
This is bad dirt and poor quality at it’s worst! Shocking disappointment as a Lowes potting mix brand they sell. I enjoy Lowes as a retailer and shop with them often. It can be purchased elsewhere as well but I find them to be the prime reseller.
Why Did I Buy Sta Green Potting Mix?
I should know better, and I most often do, cheaper brands mean low quality. Well, this was no exception. In fact, I felt like I scraped the bottom of the barrel. I ran out of my usual potting mix and ran to grab a bit to finish my re-plantings.
Plus, I had a bit of landscape planting to do so the large bag size would be helpful outdoors.
The mix was so clumpy and hard to work. Clearly, there is going to be trouble with aeration. There are more large chunks of wood and decaying matter in this mix that I have seen in any other as well. What little perlite that is in this mix you could likely count because it is so little.
In addition, good soil should have a nice dirt smell. This smells rank and acidic.
The Problem with Poor Soils
This is the base of your planting. Your plants rely on this medium to provide it with the ability to absorb nutrients, air (yes air), water and freedom for root growth. The density of potting mix should ball in your hand when compressed but quickly loosen when released.
Poor soil, like this Sta Green potting mix, is far too dense. When balled it stays firmly packed and clumped. This shows that very little aeration is possible. It also indicates that water absorption will linger or saturate it allowing for no air to the roots.
In addition, the roots will have a difficult time and be delayed by trying to make space and grow freely through this growing medium. Poor weak roots equal weak plants!
You can read more on the values of potting mix on Wikipedia here.
Is it fixable?
The soil is amendable, whether it is your ground or purchased mixes that do not meet the standards. To make these changes you will need to decide if they are worth the additional costs.
We could try to fix this potting mix up by making many amendments. I think the main issue will not be resolved though and it will end up costing way more than the soil is worth on a small scale. If you purchased a large amount, this may be an answer.
I would first recommend sterilizing it. Read about it here.
You would need to add:
¼ to 1/3 of its weight in perlite or vermiculite.
1 Part peat or Coir to every 3 Parts Mix
1 Part Worm Castings to every 4 Parts Mix. See the review for the castings I recommend here!
Was it Worth it
I had to amend what I bought to make it work for me. Thankfully I had the stuff I needed around to make those changes.
What it did, however, was the change that cheap, in a hurry, grab for potting mix. Into a much more expensive potting mix that is still not up to the best standards. It’s a little better now. The large chunks of material are still there, and that rancid smell.
I used it in the landscaping with the adjustments. I put in an order for the quality mix I am used to for potting my plants. Risking my indoor garden plants on the Sta-Green potting mix was not going to happen
What do I normally use?
I have two types that I really like for most my gardening. Fox Farm ocean forest is my favorite organic potting mix. I wrote a review on this brand here. If you are looking for a quality brand it is worth checking out. I use this most often indoors. It is convenient and reliable.
The second I make myself using compost, worm castings, peat or coir and perlite. This I use primarily in outdoor planting and my raised beds. Prepackaged mixes can be far too expensive in large spaces for me.
Keep Yourself Out of a Soil Pinch
I should have learned my lesson now about making sure to plan when it comes to my plantings needs. Compromising on the plant base is always a bad decision. I am glad I was able to amend the Sta green potting mix to work outdoors for me. It was a costly mistake on my part.
In the future, I will be more prepared. Have you had to make split-second buying decisions in your garden you have regretted? Spill the dirt! I would love to hear how you handled them Drop me a comment.
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