When attempting to grow indoor or outdoor plants in pots, one of the most important decisions is what kind of soil you will use. However, with so many different options available, it can be difficult to decide which one to choose. If this sounds like your situation, keep reading as we list reviews of the best potting soils that you can purchase at Menards. There’s also a short buyer’s guide to help you know what to look for as you shop.
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The 7 Best Potting Soils at Menards
1. Miracle-Gro Potting Soil Mix — Best Overall
Miracle-Gro Potting Soil Mix is our pick as the best overall potting soil at Menards. It is suitable for a wide variety of plants, including most flowers and vegetables, and it feeds the plants for up to 6 months before any new fertilizer needs to be added. It helps produce more blooms and fruit, with some plants growing twice as fast. The aerated soil also helps produce strong root growth.
The primary downside of Miracle-Gro Potting Soil Mix is that it contains an excessive number of sticks and small pieces of wood that might make it unsuitable for some containers.
- Grows plants quickly
- Feeds for 6 months
- More blooms and vegetables
- Too many sticks and wood
2. All-Purpose Potting Soil Mix — Best Value
All-Purpose Potting Soil Mix is our pick as the best potting soil at Menards for the money. It works well for most flowers and garden vegetables and is a good choice for indoor pots. It contains soil, peat moss, and organic ingredients that quickly deliver nutrients to the plants and continue to do so for up to 3 months. It promotes fast growth and more blooms.
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to this inexpensive potting soil. First, it’s somewhat clumpy, so you will need to break it up with your hands or a shovel. Second, it contains an excessive number of sticks, so it might not be suitable for small containers.
- Suitable for a wide range of plants
- Soil, peat moss, and organic materials
- Too many sticks
3. Master Garden Premium Potting Soil Mix — Premium Choice
Master Garden Premium Potting Soil Mix is our premium choice of potting soil at Menards. It contains a special time-release fertilizer that will help feed your plants for up to 9 months, longer than almost any other brand. It works well on a wide variety of plants, and you can use it indoors and outside, so it has many uses.
The downside to the Master Garden potting soil is that it’s quite expensive, especially if you have many pots to fill.
- Slow-release fertilizer
- Indoor and outdoor plants
- Feeds for 9 months
4. Schultz Potting Soil Mix
Schultz Potting Soil Mix is a high-quality plant food that works well on indoor and outdoor plants, and you can even use it to improve the soil in your garden. It helps most plants grow faster and produce more flowers and vegetables. Another great feature of this potting soil is that it contains fertilizer that will continue to feed your plants for up to 9 months.
The downside to Schultz potting soil is that it can retain too much soil for certain plant varieties, and it can also be expensive if you have several pots to fill.
- Works for indoor and outdoor plants
- Faster growing
- More blooms
- Contains fertilizer
- Feeds for 9 months
- Might hold too much moisture
5. Master Garden Aqua Max Potting Soil Mix
Master Garden Aqua Max Potting Soil Mix is a moisture-retaining soil that uses special water-absorbent crystals to absorb excess water in the soil. The crystals then release the moisture back into the soil if it becomes dry, to help your plants stay hydrated. The slow-release fertilizer will help provide the nutrients that your plants need for up to 6 months, and the peat moss-based potting soil is well-draining to help prevent root rot and mold growth.
The downside to Master Garden Aqua potting soil is that it contains several large wood pieces, making it hard to use in small pots.
- Water-absorbent crystals
- Slow-release fertilizer
- Peat moss-based formula
- Several large wood pieces
6. Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Soil Mix
Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Soil Mix is a great choice for indoor containers. It’s suitable for a wide variety of plants, including most office and decorative plants, and it contains a time-release fertilizer that helps feed your plants for up to 6 months. The special formula is less prone to gnats and helps retain moisture.
The downside to Miracle-Gro Indoor potting soil is that it can hold too much moisture for certain plants, so you will need to be careful with your watering schedule.
- Suitable for a wide variety of plants
- Feeds up to 6 months
- Less prone to gnats
- Might hold too much moisture
7. Just Natural Organic Container & Potting Soil Mix
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Just Natural Organic Container & Potting Soil Mix is a potting soil that uses natural, organic ingredients to quickly provide the nutrients that your plants need and will continue to feed them for up to 3 months. It also contains ingredients that help the soil retain moisture, which will help protect the plants from overwatering and underwatering and can help your plants go a long time without water.
The downside to Just Natural Organic potting soil is that it has a bad odor that can build up in a small room.
- Feeds up to 3 months
- Organic ingredients
- Retains moisture
- Bad odor
Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Potting Soils at Menards
Considering Your Plants
When choosing soil for your plants, one of the most important considerations is the type of plants that you will be growing. Desert plants, like cacti and succulents, will require a different type of soil than the plants common in many people’s gardens, and some potting soils will cater to specific plants. The list contains potting soils that will work in a wide range of situations, but careful shopping might provide soil more specific to your needs.
Most plants will prefer well-draining soil that enables moisture to drain away quickly, so it doesn’t damage the roots or allow mold to grow. Well-draining soil is fluffy and contains many air pockets that promote root growth and make it easier for the plant to absorb nutrients.
Moisture-retaining potting soil contains ingredients that help absorb excess moisture and release it when it becomes dry. This kind of soil is helpful if you frequently forget to water your plants or the temperature in your home is warm, which might cause the soil to dry out faster. However, some moisture-retaining soil can hold too much water for certain plants, like succulents and cacti.
Many kinds of potting soil come with fertilizer that can help your plants grow faster and produce more flowers. However, you must read the package carefully because the fertilizer will only last 3–9 months. Once it runs out, you will either need to repot the plant or start adding fertilizer to supplement it.
When purchasing your next potting soil at Menards, we highly recommend our best overall pick on the reviews list. Miracle-Gro Potting Soil Mix contains nutrients and fertilizer that will help plants grow faster and produce more blooms for up to 6 months. It’s also well-draining and promotes strong root growth. Another smart choice is our best value pick. All-Purpose Potting Soil Mixis inexpensive and suitable for many plants and contains enough fertilizer to last for 3 months.
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- 1 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2023
- 2 The 7 Best Potting Soils at Menards
- 2.1 1. Miracle-Gro Potting Soil Mix — Best Overall
- 2.2 2. All-Purpose Potting Soil Mix — Best Value
- 2.3 3. Master Garden Premium Potting Soil Mix — Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. Schultz Potting Soil Mix
- 2.5 5. Master Garden Aqua Max Potting Soil Mix
- 2.6 6. Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Soil Mix
- 3 Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Potting Soils at Menards
- 3.1 Considering Your Plants
- 3.2 Well-Draining Soil
- 3.3 Moisture-Retaining Soil
- 3.4 Fertilizer
- 4 Conclusion