Sta-Green Soil – My Plants are Staying Green ... but ....
Nov 23, 2008
Review by dlstewart
Rated a Very Helpful Review
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.
Recommend this product?
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".
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.
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.
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,
Please read my other reviews:
Schultz Potting Soil Plus
Rootone -- rooting hormone
Jiffy Square Peat Pots
Jiffy Round Peat Pots
Perma-Nest Plant Trays
Upside-Down Tomato Garden
Copyright 2008 Dawn L. Stewart
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