Container plants are very popular but when it comes to potting mix, confusion reigns. Is potting mix really necessary? How do I know it’s going to do the job? Is it true that potting mix can be dangerous to handle? Read on for the answers to these common questions.

Why should I use a quality potting mix?

  • A quality potting mix provides the best growing medium for container plants. Quality potting mixes, unlike soil, always maintain a good balance between holding moisture and draining well. This means that plant roots can obtain sufficient water without drowning. Because soil texture varies greatly, soil is not always suitable to use in pots. Yates potting mixes, which are based on recycled organic materials, don’t contain any soil.
  • Potting mixes can be specifically formulated for special purposes and plant types. This means you can provide plants with the most suitable conditions for healthy growth.

Which mix should you choose?

Premium Mixes
These quality mixes perform are suited to most plants, including fruit trees, herbs, ornamentals and indoor plants. They normally have added controlled release fertilisers to feed your plants for months. Yates Premium Potting Mix feeds for up to 9 months and has added wetting agents to ensure water moves evenly through the mix.

Specialty potting mixes have been formulated to provide particular plant types with the most appropriate growing medium. Yates’ list of specialty mixes includes:

Related products

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.

More project guides & articles

Winter Citrus Care

Here's how to care for your citrus plants this winter, including when to harvest, maintenance tasks and pruning techniques.

Sustainable Gardening

Gardening is a great way of living sustainably. Here are some more ideas on how you can garden sustainably.