Sta-Green All Purpose Potting Mix with Fertilizer Reviews

Sta-Green All Purpose Potting Mix with Fertilizer

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Sta-Green Soil – My Plants are Staying Green ... but ....

Nov 23, 2008
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Pros:inexpensive, time-release fertilizer, re-sealable poly bag

Cons:lightweight soil mix, water doesn't easily absorb into the soil

The Bottom Line: This Sta-Green potting soil has benefits, but it also has some downsides.


Several indoor plants needed larger plant pots, which meant I needed planting soil.  I visited my local Lowes, and after some debate, I purchased a bag of Sta-Green All Purpose Potting Mix with Fertilizer.


Description & Ingredients

This potting soil comes in a re-sealable poly bag.  The closure is similar to a Ziploc bag "zipper".  The poly bag is sturdy enough so that it will not rip under normal circumstances.

Sta-Green is an indoor/outdoor potting mix.  The fertilizer is time-released so that it feeds for up to nine months.

Here is a list of the ingredients:
Reed-sedge peat, composted forest products or composted rice hulls, Canadian sphagnum peat moss, horticultural perlite, a wetting agent, lime for proper pH balance and time-release fertilizer.  Contains POLYON, a slow-release fertilizer.  (In Georgia, this product might contain 45%-55% composted pine bark.)

Note: the bag contains a caution to "Keep Out of Reach of Children".


My Experiences

The nice man at Lowes who helped me in my search kept suggesting Miracle Gro potting soil.  I used to like the Miracle Gro organic soil, until I found trash (yes, plastic bits of trash) in the last several bags of Micracle Gro soil I purchased (I had bought six bags at the time).  When I mentioned this to my Lowes guide, he commented that it didn't surprise him.  When I pointed at the Sta-Green brand, he kept steering me toward the more expensive Miracle Gro.  Then he finally mumbled that the Sta-Green was similar to the Miracle Gro potting soil.  It was also less expensive.

This soil is simple to use.  If you have replanted houseplants, you know what I mean.  I selected larger plant pots for the plants (a spider plant and an African violet).  Then I poured a bit of the Sta-Green soil into the pot.  I removed the plant from its old pot, loosened the soil a bit around the roots and set it into the new pot.  Then I poured more soil around the plant to fill the pot.

There are a few things to keep in mind when using this soil. 

1)  The soil is lightweight and very loose in the bag.  When using the soil, a dust cloud fills the area.  Make sure you are working in a ventilated space.  You may also want to protect your work surface with newspapers or a drop cloth.

2)  I'm guessing this soil contains a high amount of peat moss.  After I finished transplanting, I gently watered the soil in the pots.  The water floated atop the soil.  It did not sink into the earth.  I have encountered this situation when soil contains a lot of peat moss.  The soil eventually absorbs the water, but be careful when watering, or you'll end up with a flood.  The good news is that peat moss tends to hold onto water, so the plant soil stays wetter longer.


Purchasing

This potting soil comes in several sizes.  I purchased the 10-quart bag at Lowes for 3.67.  Lowes also sells a 3-cubic-foot bag for $10.97.


Summary

This Sta-Green All Purpose Potting Mix with Fertilizer is an adequate potting soil.  I wish the soil was a bit heavier (denser) and that the water absorbed more easily into it.  For that reason I will try another brand of soil next time (or a different Sta-Green mix).  The positive factor is that it was an inexpensive purchase and the soil contains time-release fertilizer.

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,
Dawn
http://dlstewart.com


Please read my other reviews:

Schultz Potting Soil Plus

Scotts Perlite

Rootone -- rooting hormone

Jiffy Square Peat Pots

Jiffy Round Peat Pots

Perma-Nest Plant Trays

Upside-Down Tomato Garden

Copyright 2008 Dawn L. Stewart

This is an entry in the Lean-n-Mean VII challenge.  This review is 583 words long.


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