Compost is the reduced remains of leaves, grass, vegetables, fruits and other good things. Farmers and gardeners have been using compost since Biblical times to improve their plants.
Bette Midler said â€œMy whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of Godâ€™s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap.â€
As a houseplant grower you probably don’t have your very own compost pile but you can now buy compost at your favorite plant supply store or online.
Compost holds about 20x its weight in water, helping to prevent over watering problems and you’ll need to water your house plants less frequently. It is a natural way to balance the nutrients your plants require for healthy growth. It breaks down soil, making it easier for roots to grow all through the pot. It recreates the microbiology in the soil your plant needs but won’t get from store bought potting soils. You won’t have to repot as frequently if you have compost mixed into your potting soil.
When you repot your plants mix about 20% compost into the new potting soil.
For existing plants take a pencil, poke some holes in the soil and add some compost. Then place a thin layer of compost on top as well.
Your plants will thank you.