Container plants require more food and water than in-ground plants. Miracle-Gro, a brand sold by the Scott's Miracle-Gro Company, produces soils specifically for container gardens. These soils provide nutrients to your plants and help retain water for the plant during the hot summer months. You can purchase Miracle-Gro products online or from local retailers like Lowe's and The Home Depot.
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Miracle-Gro offers two all-around soils for either just plants or seeds. For example, the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix is available in sizes ranging from 8 quart to 64 quart, and it is sold in bags. It provides up to six months of food for plants, and it comes with a wetting agent to ensure that no area of your container is dry. The Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix, however, is just for growing new seeds. This potting soil contains a mixture of perlite and sphagnum peat moss to help your seeds germinate. This soil is only available in 8 quart bags.
The Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix is for people with organic herb, flower or vegetable gardens. This soil is available in the following sizes: 8 quart, 16 quart and 32 quart. It contains 3 months of fertiliser, and it is comprised of organic composted bark and sphagnum peat moss.
The Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil ensures that you don't over or underwater your container plants. When you water your plants, the soil holds the excess moisture and only releases the water when the plants need it. It also comes with six months of plant food, including the Miracle-Gro trademarked MicroMax plant food. This soil is available in sizes ranging from 8 quart to 64 quart.
Certain plants require special food and nutrients. Miracle-Gro has a series of potting soils for speciality gardens, including orchid, cactus, citrus and African Violets. For example, the Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm and Citrus Soil potting mix comes in 8 quart bags. This soil drains fast so the water doesn't damage the plant roots, and it comes with fertiliser specifically for these types of plants. The Miracle-Gro African Violet Potting Mix features soil that is slightly acidic since African Violets thrive in this type of soil. The soil also contains perlite and sphagnum peat moss, and it only comes in 8 quart bags.
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