Growing my beloved houseplants in alternative potting mixes was not something I’d ever really considered. For years, I have enjoyed mixing up ingredients to create the perfect potting mixes for each of my plants. But I always shied away from using “soil-less” growing media. Until I started slowly killing my second Monstera adansonii with chronic inconsistent watering…
Full disclosure, this was not a scientific experiment in any way. I had a few differences in variables which I will explain in a bit. But first, why don’t I show you the comparison photo?
So let me explain my little experiment. I started with two Marantas of the same size. They started in identical sized pots. Both Marantas have variegation; one has a section of almost pure white leaves while the rest of that plant is completely unvariegated, the other plant has a little bit of variegation on all of its leaves. So, already, this experiment is flawed in that the plants are somewhat dissimilar.
I removed as much of the soil as possible from one plant and repotted it in a Lechuza planter using a completely soil-less potting mix called “pon”. Lechuza pon to be exact. It is produced by the same company that makes the planters I am currently obsessing over. The other (poor) plant stayed in the pot it came in with no changes of potting mix or pot size. So, again, not perfect experiment parameters since both plants should have been repotted into the same pot but with different soil media. Oh well.
Despite my lack of scientific method I do believe that my results show that the Lechuza pon is a great alternative to a more traditional potting mix. And if you are an inconsistent waterer, like I am, then the Lechuza self-watering planters are an excellent way to correct that issue.
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