Different Soils for Different Plants

The Lowdown on Bagged Soil
By Julie Snyder


At Alameda Greenhouse we have a great selection of bagged soils and compost. Here is a guide to what we typically carry and the best uses for each product. 

 

Potting Soil
Just like it says, potting soil is most commonly used for pots and containers but can be used in small beds to richen up the soil. 

Recommended:
Fertilome Ultimate Potting Soil
Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Soil
Fox Farm Happy Frog Potting Soil
Ocean Forest Potting Soil

Specialty Mix
Specifically composed to be used in special containers or with certain plants

Recommended:
Soil Mender Raised Bed Mix
Fertilome Seeding Mix
Cactus Mix 
African Violet Mix
Orchid Mix
Sir Lanka Coco-Chip Orchid Medium

Compost
Used as an amendment to native soil when planting trees, shrubs, perennials, or annuals into the ground. It is usually recommended to use no more then 50% of the bagged amendment in proportion to the existing soil.
​Recommended:
Soil Mender Cotton Burr Compost
Acidified Cotton Burr Compost
Rocky Mountain Soils Mushroom Compost
Peat & Sheep
Organic Humus
Composted Cow Manure
Top Soil

Other Amendments 
We also carry peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, and coco-fiber potting soil that can be sued as an amendment for seeding and other applications

Using the right soil product when planting is the first step in having a successful and beautiful outcome.