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Bio Leaf Indoor Plant Potting Mix - FINE / MEDIUM Custom Blend - 5 litre
*Please note: Limit maximum 10 litres total of potting mix per order before overweight shipping applies*
You can add other items to the same order, heavy limit only applies to potting mix and other items marked heavy. You can order more than the limit above in one order. If you order over 10 litres total in one order your order will be put on hold and I'll get in touch to arrange payment for overweight shipping (rates are here)
Yes, it's true. The much loved Bio Leaf potting mixes will no longer be produced after November 2023. Although natural, organic potting mixes like Bio Leaf are best potted up within 30 days to get the most benefit for your plants, you can stock up and store it for 3 months in good conditions. Store in a cool, dry place indoors. Avoid direct sunlight and high humidity. When ready to use, dampen then mix well as it will have settled when stored.
Why Bio Leaf?
I really disliked repotting. Until now. This mix is a joy to work with. Less mess. Easier clean-up. Also seriously good for my plants. Lucky things. Talk about spoiled. I love it. My plants love it. Win win.
The same 'recipe' as the Bio Leaf Aroid and Hoya Medium / Chunky Mix, but a Fine / Medium blend with smaller grade ingredients. The ideal all-rounder for a 'mixed jungle' of indoor house plants. This is for the 5 litre size, enough to pot around 8 to 15 medium size plants depending on pot size, and whether filling pots completely, or retaining soil from the previous pot.
Which plants is it best for?
This is a superb, all-purpose, indoor houseplant mix. The best choice when you want 'one for everyone'. Especially suited to younger, less established plants. Plants in smaller pots with shallower root systems. And for plants you don't want to water constantly, as although still light and free-draining, this finer mix retains a little more moisture than medium or chunkier grades. This is also my go to for shifting water propagated cuttings to soil when ready to pot-up. My peace lily, syngonium, ZZ and many more are loving life in this blend.
What's in the bag?
A fine, airy, free-draining mix of fine Orchid Bark, fine Pumice, Fern Fibre, Crushed Horticulture Charcoal and the Bio Leaf Bioactive Blend. NO slow-release fertiliser. You can safely use fertiliser, rooting hormones or growth boosters as normal.
Why orchid bark?
An obvious inclusion if you consider what epiphytes like to attach to and grow on. A premium, export-quality, fine grade orchid bark. Very clean and sterile. Minimal soil or dust. You can pre-soak, but it's not required at this level. Some barks break down fast. This harder, slow-to-decompose premium grade lasts years. Keeps soil aerated for oxygen to reach roots, resists compacting and provides drainage while also holding on to water for roots to take up as needed.
Why add pumice?
A natural, volcanic rock that keeps its shape even when soaked in water, keeping soil loose. Adds aeration and improves drainage. Keeps water moving to prevent substrate and plants becoming waterlogged. Naturally porous. Pumice holds water roughly twice as long as bark, releasing it slowly and steadily for the roots.
Why fern fibre?
Superb growing medium for many indoor plants. Great results reported for aroids, hoya, orchids, ferns and other epiphytes. A natural, soft, airy, fibrous, long lasting material containing a lot of air. Can retain a lot of water. As it holds water for longer than many free-draining substrates, you won't have to water as often. Ideal for indoor plants that prefer moist to lightly moist conditions, who don't like to fully dry out. Fibrous nature distributes more even moisture throughout the pot due to natural capillary action.
Why crushed horticultural charcoal?
Horticultural charcoal for plants is different from activated charcoal that you might be familiar with for human health. This is the over-waterers and worried-plant-parent's best friend. Horticultural charcoal helps increase aeration and adds drainage to soil mixes for potted plants. Its natural porosity helps charcoal hold on to necessary nutrients for roots to access. Horticultural charcoal also helps create a more favourable environment for good bacteria and beneficial microbes for healthier soil, and helps balance soil pH.
"Brown gold!!! Best draining premix for hoyas & aroids there is on the market." @plant.obsessed.guy.nz
"I have purchased both the fine grade and standard [chunky] grade Hoya & Aroid mix and all my plants are potted up and thriving - cannot fault it. Highly recommend!" Robert Wilson
*Please note this is also called 'Bio Leaf Aroid Hoya Fine' if comparing to other retailers*
Most of my alocasias love this stuff
This is a wonderful, wonderful mix. I’m now using for my succulents & having great success - highly recommend.
Love this product for my hoyas. Always use the small or medium mix.
This mix is so lovely…i dampened it before adding to my pots and it smells just like walking on a damp bush walk. My plants also seem to be loving it. Will definitely be buying more
I used this mix to repot my plants today and I really like it. It’s easy to use and well draining. I’m sure my plants will love it!
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