How To Choose The Right Soil - The A-Z Houseplant Soil Index

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Choosing the right soil can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be.

Use the search bar below to look for your plant, the correct soil will be listed in the "Soil Blend" column. If you can't find your plant, get in touch and one of our experts will be happy to advise.

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Common Name Scientific Name Soil Blend Notes
African Violet Streptocarpus Terrarium Prone to leaf rot if too wet.
Aloe Tiger Plant Gonialoe Variegata Cacti & Succulent -
- Aloe Vera Cacti & Succulent -
Aralia Ming Polyscias Fruticosa Ficus -
Autograph Tree Clusia Rosea Ficus -
Avocado Plant Persea Ficus -
Banana Plant MUSA Calathea & Maranta Add 20% Bark
Begonia
Angel Wing Begonia Cane Begonias Calathea & Maranta Appreciates high humidity
- Brevirimosa Begonia Terrarium Needs to be in high humidity
Butterfly Begonia Amphioxus Begonia Terrarium Appreciates high humidity
Escargot Begonia Rex Cultorum Begonia Fern Appreciates high humidity - Don't overwater
Eyelash Begonia Bowerae Begonia Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
- Ferox Begonia Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Grape Leaf Begonia Begonia Reniformise Calathea & Maranta Add 10% Sand
Iron Cross Begonia Begonia Masoniana Fern This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Lucerna' Begonia Corallina De Lucerna Begonia Calathea & Maranta -
- Maculata ‘Tamaya’ Begonia Syngonium -
Painted-leaf Begonia Rex Begonia Fern Needs high humidity and plenty indirect light
Palm Leaf Begonia Luxurians Begonia Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Peacock Begonia Pavonina Begonia Terrarium Needs to be in a closed environment. Add 10-20% Fine Pumice
Polka Dot Begonia Maculata’ Wightii Begonia Calathea & Maranta This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Red Ruby Begonia Begonia Conchifolia Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Strawberry Begonia Saxifraga Stolonifera 'Tricolor' Fern Would appreciate an extra 10% Perlite or Fine Pumice
The Striped Begonia Listada Begonia Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
- Venosa Begonia Cacti & Succulent This is a xeric Begonia
- Biophytum Sensitivum Terrarium -
Bird Nest Fern Asplenium Nidus 50% Anthurium / 50% Fern This is epiphytic
Bird of Paradise Strelitzia Calathea & Maranta Add 20% Bark
Bloodleaf Iresine Herbstii Fern This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium Aureum 50% Anthurium / 50% Fern This is epiphytic
Bonsai - Species Dependent Contact us for guidance with Bonsai soil.
Bonsai Ginseng Ficus Microcarpa Ficus -
Bright Star Murdannia Loriformis Calathea & Maranta -
Bromeliad Neoregilia Bromeliad (Epiphytic) Anthurium -
Buddha Belly Plant Jatropha Podigrica Cacti & Succulent This is a Succulent
Burro’s Tail Sedum Morganianum Cacti & Succulent -
Bush Lily Clivia Miniata Anthurium -
Calla Lily Zantedeschia Aethiopica Calathea & Maranta -
Cast Iron Aspidistra Anthurium 20% added Coco Coir
China Doll Plant Radermachera Sinica Calathea & Maranta -
Chilli Plant Capsicum Frutescens Ficus -
Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema Monstera & Philodendron -
Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera Anthurium This is epiphytic
Christmas Tree (Potted) Nordmann Fir Calathea & Maranta -
Citrus Plant Citrus Calamondin Ficus -
Coffee Plant Coffee Arabica Alocasia -
Coleus Plectranthus Scutellarioides Calathea & Maranta Fern blend suitable for smaller plants
- Cordyline Ficus -
Corkscrew Grass Juncus Effusus ‘Spiralis Ficus Appreciate lots of indirect bright light!
Corpse Flower Amorphophallus Titanum Alocasia -
Cranesbills Geraniums Fern For indoor growing
Crocodile fern Microsorum Musifolium Crocodyllus 50% Anthurium / 50% Fern This is epiphytic
Crotons Codiaeum Variegatum Syngonium -
Cuban Sage/Oregano Plectranthus Amboinicus Cacti & Succulent -
- Dischidia Anthurium This is a succulent epiphyte
Dragon Tree Dracaena Ficus -
Dumb Cane Dieffenbachia Ficus -
Earth Star Cryptanthus Bromeliad (Terrestrial) Syngonium This would also do well in a Terrarium
Easter Cactus Schlumbergera Anthurium This is epiphytic
Elephant Bush Plant Portulacaria Afra Cacti & Succulent -
Elephant Ears
- Caladiums Alocasia [Elephant Ear Family]
- Colocasia Alocasia [Elephant Ear Family]
False Aralia Plerandra Elegantissima Ficus -
False Shamrock Oxalis Triangularis Alocasia -
Fire Flash Chlorophytum Orchidastrum Monstera & Philodendron -
Fishbone Cactus Epiphyllum Anguliger Anthurium This is a succulent epiphyte
Flapjack Plant Kalanchoe Luciae Cacti & Succulent -
Frangipani Plumerias Cacti & Succulent -
Frizzle Sizzle Plant Albuca Spiralis Cacti & Succulent -
Hawaiian Wedding Vine Stephanotis Floribunda Calathea & Maranta Add 10% Sand
- Hibiscus Fern Appreciate lots of indirect bright light!
Hoya
- Hoya Australis Anthurium This is epiphytic, requires more humidity
- Hoya Carnosa Anthurium This is epiphytic, requires more humidity
- Hoya Kerrii Anthurium This is epiphytic, requires more humidity
- Hoya Krohniana Anthurium This is epiphytic, requires more humidity
- Hoya Lacunosa Anthurium 20% Coco Coir - This is a more tender Hoya
- Hoya Linearis Anthurium This is epiphytic, requires more humidity
- Hoya Multiflora Anthurium 20% Coco Coir - This is a more tender Hoya
- Hoya Polyneura Anthurium 20% Coco Coir - This is a more tender Hoya
- Hoya Pubicalyx Anthurium This is epiphytic, requires more humidity
- Hoya Retusa Anthurium 20% Coco Coir - This is a more tender Hoya
- Hoya Wayetii Anthurium This is epiphytic, requires more humidity
Ivy Hedera Helix Fern Appreciate lots of bright light!
Jade Plant Crassula Ovata Cacti & Succulent -
- Jasmine Fern -
Jewel Orchids
- Ludisia Discolor Alocasia Water when substrate is dry [Jewel Orchid Family]
- Macodes Petola 50% Bark / 50% Sphagnum Moss This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend [Jewel Orchid Family]
Lavender Lavandula Ficus -
Lemon Tree Calamondin Orange Tree Ficus -
Lipstick Plant Aeschynantus Rasta Anthurium -
Living Stone Lithops 50% Cacti & Succulent / 50% Grit -
Madagascar Jewel Euphorbia Leuconeura Cacti & Succulent -
Maggie Homalomena Rubescens Alocasia -
Mediterranean Herbs - Cacti & Succulent Add 10% Worm Castings if in a warm, sunny spot
- Medinilla Magnifica Monstera & Philodendron Regular low dose of fertiliser to support flowering
Midnight Ginger Zingiber Malaysianum Alocasia Add 20% Perlite or Fine Pumice
Mistletoe Cacti Rhipsalis Anthurium This is a epiphyte
Money Tree Pachira Aquatica Ficus -
Mother of Thousands Kalanchoe Daigremontiana Cacti & Succulent -
Nerve Plant / Polka Dot Plant Fittonia / Hypoestes Calathea & Maranta This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria Heterophylla Ficus -
October Daphne Sedum Sieboldii Cacti & Succulent -
Orchids Phalaenopsis Anthurium -
Palms
Areca Palm Dypsis Lutescens Ficus Needs high humidity and lots of bright light
Cascade Palm Chamaedorea Cataractarum Ficus Needs high humidity and lots of bright light
Chinese Fan Palm Livistona Chinensis Ficus Needs high humidity and lots of bright light
Coconut Palm Tree Cocos Nucifera Ficus Add 10% Worm Castings
Kentia Palm Howea Forsteriana Ficus Needs high humidity and lots of bright light
Majesty Palm Ravenea Rivularis Ficus Needs high humidity and lots of bright light
Parlor Palm Chamaedorea Elegans Ficus Needs high humidity and lots of bright light
Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea Recurvata Ficus Needs high humidity and lots of bright light
Sago Palm Cycas Revoluta Cacti & Succulent Needs high humidity and lots of bright light
Parakeet Flower Heliconia Psittacorum Calathea & Maranta Add 20% Bark
Parrot Plant Impatiens Niamniamensis Calathea & Maranta -
Party Time Plant Alternanthera Ficoidea Calathea & Maranta -
Paperplant Japanese Aralia Ficus Calathea & Maranta for growing outdoors
Peace Lily Spathiphyllum Calathea & Maranta When the leaves droop, they are ready for a drink!
Peperomia
Baby Rubberplant Peperomia Obtusifolia Ficus This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Beetle Peperomia Peperomia Quadrangularis Ficus -
Green Ripple Peperomia Peperomia Caperata Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Hope Peperomia Peperomia Rotundifolia Ficus This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Ivy Leaf Peperomia Peperomia Albovittata Ficus This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Jelly Bean Peperomia Peperomia Clusiifolia Ficus -
Lilian Peperomia Peperomia Caperata Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Luna Red Peperomia Peperomia Caperata Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Moonlight Peperomia Peperomia Caperata Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Napoli Night Peperomia Peperomia Caperata Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Piccolo Banda Peperomia Albovittata Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Pixie Peperomia Peperomia Orba Ficus This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Raindrop Peperomia Peperomia Polybotrya Ficus This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Red Log Peperomia Verticillata Cacti & Succulent -
Rocca Verde Peperomia Angulata Ficus This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Rosso Peperomia Peperomia Caperata Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
String of Turtles Prostrata Peperomia Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Watermelon Peperomia Argyreia Peperomia Ficus This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Persian Shield Strobilanthes Dyeriana Calathea & Maranta This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Persian Violet Cyclamen Persicum Syngonium -
Pickle Plant Delosperma Echinatum Cacti & Succulent -
Pilea
Aluminum Plant Pilea Cadierei Ficus This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Chinese Money Plant Pilea Peperomiodes Ficus -
Glauca Pilea Glaucaphylla Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Moon Valley Pilea Crassifolia Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Pilea ‘Mojito/White Splash/Sugar’ Pilea Peperomiodes Ficus -
Shiny Creeping Charlie Pilea Depressa Syngonium This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Silver Tree / Bronze Pilea Spruceana Syngonium -
Pineapple Plant Ananas Comosus Anthurium -
- Piper Monstera & Philodendron This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
Poinsettia (Christmas Flower) Euphorbia Pulcherrima Cacti & Succulent Treat this like a cactus - very little water
- Polyscias Scutellaria 'Fabian' Ficus -
Pretty Turtle Plant Streptocarpus Ficus -
Pothos
- Epipremnum Aureum Monstera & Philodendron [Pothos Family]
- Epipremnum Pinnatum Monstera & Philodendron [Pothos Family]
- Scindapsus Pictus Monstera & Philodendron [Pothos Family]
- Scindapsus Treubii Monstera & Philodendron [Pothos Family]
Purple Passion Gynura Aurantiaca Fern This would thrive faster in a Terrarium with our Terrarium Blend
- Schismatoglottis Wallichii Calathea & Maranta Appreciate high and consistent humidity
Rex Begonia Vine Cissus Discolour Fern Appreciates high humidity - Not a true Begonia
Seedlings Herbs Fern You can also use Vermiculite to start seeds!
Sensitive Plant Mimosa Pudica Alocasia -
Slime Lilies Albuca Humulis Cacti & Succulent -
Snake Plant Draceana (ex. Sanseveria) Cacti & Succulent Would appreciate 10% added Bark
Spiderman Monstera Amydrium Medium Monstera & Philodendron -
Spider Plant Chlorophytum Comosum Calathea & Maranta -
Staghorn Fern Platycerium Mounted: Sphagnum Moss on wood - Potted: Anthurium This is an epiphyte
Stephania Erecta & Glabra Cacti & Succulent -
Stonecrop Sedum 'Tundra Tornado' Cacti & Succulent -
String of Hearts Ceropegia Linearis ssp. Woodii Cacti & Succulent -
String of Nickels Dischidia Nummularia Anthurium This is epiphytic
String of Pearls Curio Rowleyanus Cacti & Succulent -
Swedish Ivy Plectranthus Verticillatus Ficus -
Tea Plant Camellia Sinensis Ficus Add 10% Worm Castings
Tender Herbs - Fern -
Thanksgiving Cactus Schlumbergera Anthurium This is epiphytic
The Amazon Jungle Vine Cissus Amazonica Ficus 10% added Worm Castings
- Trachyandra Tortilis Cacti & Succulent -
TRADESCANTIA (Tropical)
Baby Bunny Bellies Tradescantia Chrysophylla Calathea & Maranta -
Creeping Basketplant Tradescantia Callisia Calathea & Maranta -
Giant White Inch Plant Tradescantia Fluminensis Calathea & Maranta -
Moses in the Cradle Tradescantia Spathacea Calathea & Maranta -
Purple Spiderwort Tradescantia Pallida 'Purpurea' Calathea & Maranta -
Red Hill Tradescantia Blossfeldiana Calathea & Maranta -
Silver Inch Plant Zebrina Pendula Calathea & Maranta [Tradescantia Tropical Family]
TRADESCANTIA (Xeric)
White Velvet Tradescantia Sillamontana Cacti & Succulent -
Window's Tears Tradescantia Navicularis Cacti & Succulent -
Turtle Vine Callisia Repens Cacti & Succulent -
Umbrella Plant Schefflera Arboricola Ficus -
Variegated Spiral Ginger Costus Arabicus ‘Variegatus' Alocasia -
Waffle Plant Strobilanthes Alternata Calathea & Maranta -
Wood Sorrel Oxalis sp. Alocasia -
Yucca Yucca Elephantipes Ficus Would appreciate Add 10% Grit
Zebra Basket Vine Aeschynanthus Marmoratus Anthurium Add 10% Coco Coir
Zebra Plant Aphelandra Sqarrose Calathea & Maranta -
ZZ Plant Zamioculcas Cacti & Succulent -

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