Frequently Asked Questions

Fertilizer, Potting Soil and Plant Food Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is potting soil?

    At its simplest, this is a product used when growing plants in pots and other containers. Different brands can contain different ingredients, ranging from moss to compost to bark. Some varieties only contain organic ingredients while others can contain processed minerals that help with soil aeration and drainage. You can click on any of our organic potting soil for sale to see ingredients, and we’d be happy to answer your questions. 

  • What is the difference between potting soil and potting mix?

    You may hear these terms used interchangeably although there can be differences. Potting soil may contain soil—or it may mean that someone is referring to a product as potting soil when it’s really a potting mix. The mix does not contain any soil, which means it won’t contain fungi, either, which makes it safer for your plants.

  • What is the difference between organic potting soil and regular potting soil?

    Organic potting soil does not contain any pesticides or other chemicals. Instead, it contains natural ingredients, which can range from manures to composts and other natural matter. The regular product can contain processed minerals that improve drainage and aeration. 

  • What is the best plant food to buy?

    At Decker’s Nursery, we only offer plant food for sale from brands that we’d use in our own homes. These include Espoma, Schultz, and SUPERthrive—and which one is best depends upon your needs. For example, Schultz makes an all purpose plant food that you can use in numerous ways. Or, you may want a more targeted product, such as the rose fertilizer by Espoma. Their Rose Tone is used and recommended by professional rosarians as an organic fertilizer that allows them to grow big and beautiful plants. As more examples, Espoma makes an outstanding flower fertilizer that’s specially created for orchids and another one for violets, and they also offer succulent soil for cacti and more.

  • What is the difference between potting soil and seed starting mix?

    Seed starting mix is used to help seeds germinate—meaning to start to grow and sprout to the shoots stage—and so its texture is lighter and finer than potting soil. Meanwhile, potting soil is denser, designed for transplanted plants or ones that you’ll grow in a container. 

  • What is the best fertilizer to buy?

    We offer high quality fertilizer to buy online from trustworthy brands, including Espoma, Jack's, Jobe's, and Greenview.