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Old 04-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Does potting soil go bad?


We've got a couple of pots that the plant has either died from the cold or just not taken care of.

My wife somehow thinks that since something has died in the pot the potting soil is no good. I'm not saying I disagree with her but I thought we'd try and find out if we can re-use this soil to plant some other plants in it instead of buying some new potting soil.

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I would dump it out into the yard and use fresh soil. Anytime a plant dies in a pot, it can leave fungi in the soil.
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Gotcha, we were kind of figuring that was the case but wanted to make sure.
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I reuse potting soil all the time, in fact the old rotted matter adds to the minerals in the soil. It acts as compost.
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I reuse potting soil all the time, in fact the old rotted matter adds to the minerals in the soil. It acts as compost.
I totally agree. I've never had any problems replanting with 'used' soil.
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The problem lies with the original soil giving up most of it's nutrients to the plant. Re using it will work with added nutrients, it would be cheaper and wiser to get new soil.
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