Vote for BP.Net for the 2013 Forum of the Year! Click here for more info.

» Site Navigation

» Home
 > FAQ

» Online Users: 480

8 members and 472 guests
Most users ever online was 6,337, 01-24-2020 at 03:30 AM.

» Today's Birthdays

» Stats

Members: 71,810
Threads: 245,844
Posts: 2,547,522
Top Poster: JLC (31,651)
Welcome to our newest member, Mumba0106
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    07-21-2021
    Posts
    64
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts

    Soil without fertilizer for plants?

    Hey, I am looking for a suggestion for soil without fertilizer to grow plants in.
    I can't really find normal potting soil without fertilizer.
    I wan't to use a few plants in my tank in addition to my plastic decor.
    I used Jungle Bedding in the past for plants but it didn't work well for me.

  2. #2
    BPnet Veteran nikkubus's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-20-2018
    Posts
    862
    Thanks
    1,598
    Thanked 912 Times in 551 Posts
    I'm a little confused as to why you don't want fertilizer. Plants need some type of fertilizer to grow. Perhaps you mean you don't want artificially made chemical fertilizer?

    What I use regardless of it's a houseplant or a bioactive enclosure with animals is worm castings, fish water, and the old substrate from my roach and mealworm bins, and other compost I've made, and then combine a small amount of that with cocopeat and vermiculite or perlite. Something like 10-20% fertilizer depending on the type, 20% perlite/vermiculte, and the rest cocopeat. I get cocopeat in a HUGE brick from Amazon because it's the cheapest source for me, and the rest of the stuff can be found at Home Depot or Lowes. You can find cocopeat at Home Depot or Lowes, and if you only need a small amount, that's probably the more economical route for you.

    If you really want NO fertilizer at all, cocopeat + perlite/vermiculte will accomplish that, but it probably won't sustain plant growth very long.
    7.22 BP 1.4 corn 1.1 SD retic 0.1 hognose

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to nikkubus For This Useful Post:

    Bogertophis (10-12-2021)

  4. #3
    Registered User Erie_herps's Avatar
    Join Date
    03-08-2021
    Location
    Midwest, USA
    Posts
    112
    Thanks
    195
    Thanked 98 Times in 65 Posts

    Re: Soil without fertilizer for plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by nikkubus View Post
    I'm a little confused as to why you don't want fertilizer.
    I would guess it's due to the worry that they could be harmful to the snake.

  5. #4
    BPnet Veteran nikkubus's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-20-2018
    Posts
    862
    Thanks
    1,598
    Thanked 912 Times in 551 Posts

    Re: Soil without fertilizer for plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erie_herps View Post
    I would guess it's due to the worry that they could be harmful to the snake.
    Yeah that's the best guess I could come up with too. Generally speaking, organic fertilizer safe for plants is safe for animals in correct amounts. It's having way too much or pre-composted that would cause trouble.
    7.22 BP 1.4 corn 1.1 SD retic 0.1 hognose

  6. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to nikkubus For This Useful Post:

    Bogertophis (10-12-2021),Erie_herps (10-13-2021)

  7. #5
    BPnet Veteran
    Join Date
    07-07-2019
    Posts
    513
    Thanks
    18
    Thanked 395 Times in 260 Posts
    Images: 8
    $4 bag of top soil. An $80 ton of it. Cheap dollar store planting soil is fertilizer free.

    Or make your own. A little sand, loam an dirt.

    Dirt from your yard? Heat it at 350F for 45 minutes.


    Good luck!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.2.1