If you are planning on potting up some indoor plants then you may be unsure what compost to use. After all, they do sell specific indoor plant food, but is this needed or can you use multipurpose compost for indoor plants?
Will multipurpose compost work for indoor plants?
The compost might have a few things added to make it a bit more suitable for house plants but most of that will just be marketing fluff. At the end of the day, most houseplant compost is just multipurpose compost, maybe with a few added ingredients.
Making your own houseplant compost
If you want to make your own houseplant compost then there are a few things you could add to multipurpose compost to make it perfect for use indoors.
Perlite is a volcanic rock that when added to compost helps it to drain water better and also increases the amount of oxygen in your soil.
This should help with root growth in potted plants as heavy soil will sink to the bottom of the pot where it can begin to hurt root development.
Add to your custom mix in a 4 to 1 ratio. 4 parts multipurpose compost to 1 part perlite.
- Naturally occurring material
- Improves aeration and drainage
- Ideal for healthy root growth
- Ideal for use when rooting cuttings
- Ideal for potting on seedlings
Slow Release Plant Food
One problem with house plants is that they can soon work their way through all of the nutrients in the compost. One way to help with this is to add a slow release plant food to the mix.
These pellets are really easy to use and you can mix a couple of handfuls into the mix as you get it ready.
- Miracle-Gro Slow Release Plant Food
- Unique mix of 10 nutrients
- Feeds for up to 6 months