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Can I use outdoor soil for indoor plants?

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I just want to dig up some soil from my garden outside.
asked Mar 11, 2011 in Organics Gardening by swimmer3555 Newbie (160 points)

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Hi swimmer3555!

The last time I checked there was no law against it!! wink

In fact indoor plants are actually outdoor plants - grown inside. No plants have yet evolved or been created to live solely indoors.

Interestingly my mother - who is one of the best indoor flower plant growers I've met (people bring her sick housplants to nurse back to health) used to go out collecting soil from molehills for her plants. She reckoned that the soil where moles are active is usually very good for any plants.

Hope that helps!


answered Mar 12, 2011 by Big Gee Pro Gardener (2,920 points)
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I'd be careful about that. Your outside soil has an ecosystem of bacteria, microorganisms and bugs. that isn't so terrible in itself, but they all work together when outside to provide nutrients to plants. they get organic matter from leaves and other dead decaying things that get passed to plants. those critters might not survive indoors, limiting the fertility. if you happen to be fortunate and have sandy loam soil outside than you prob can do it okay with regular fertilization or by adding at least 20% organic matter. otherwise, those bugs won't survive too long inside and soon you'll have a barron pile of dirt inside.

a good organic potting soil is going to contain a high level of organic matter, much higher than is naturally present in soil. That's good for indoor plants that don't benefit from a complete ecosystem at work. make sure to feed plants some mychorrzeal fungi to help it along, don't over water and give it time to assimulate to the indoor climate if coming from outdoors/nursery.
answered May 2, 2011 by anonymous
so from outside i get the soil and i put vitamins on them and the vitamins kill the bugs or should i put plant spray to kill bugs???? please comment back soon as possible