The best soil mix for aroids – DIY
This simple recipe needs only 4 ingredients that are readily available at your local garden center or online retailer. You won’t have to scour the internet to find strange and rare ingredients for this recipe.
1. Soil Base
The soil must be the base for this recipe. Always use a quality potting soil mix that consists primarily of peat moss and composted organic material for your base soilthere Are numerous quality potting soils available on the market, we recomend a non fertilized soil. you can do it by yourself later.
2. Worm castings
Worm castings add essential nutrients and important trace minerals to the mix. As worms digest organic matter, their castings break down into nutrients and minerals that plants can readily absorb.
Worm castings provide an all natural, 100% organic, highly effective fertilizer that will not burn your plants.
The third ingredient adds air and drainage to our soil.
Perlite is porous. First, it allows it to hold air pockets to allow drainage and breathability to your soil. It can also retain water long enough for even water dispersion into the soil. Furthermore, perlite can retain nutrients in those air cavities to help provide constant nutrients for the root system. Perlite also prevents compacting of soil due to it’s physical stability that won’t decompress or warp under heavy soil.
4. Orchid Bark
The fourth ingredient sets apart high-quality aroid soil from regular indoor plant soils. It most closely mimics what a thriving aroid in the wild would be growing in or on. It is so important, that it comprises the largest portion of this recipe.
Orchid bark mix contains chunky pieces of wood that provides a majority of the soil aeration. It also contains charcoal which absorbs impurities and stabilizes the soil pH.
- 1 part Worm Castings
- 2 parts Base soil
- 3 parts Perlite
- 4 parts Orchid Bark