Potting Soil for Growing Mexican Sage

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How to select potting soil for growing Mexican sage; get professional tips and advice from an expert on growing your own plants and flowers in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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I'm Travis Steglich with Steglich Farm Supply incorporated in Bartlett, Texas for Expert Village. I'm talking about cuttings and we've taken some cuttings of Salvia leucantha a Mexican bush sage that we're going to try to propagate from a cutting. There is a couple of different kinds of potting soils that are available to the average home gardener it's what is called a premium grade. Which has no actual soil in it, it has no dirt in it-it has Peat moss and organic matter like composted plant products. The other type is a cheaper grade. It has actual soil in it, a lot of times it has tremendous amount of sand and a very little organic matter over mikolite. The difference between the two of them besides the fact that the one with the soil in it-it can get compacted and can sometimes get hard. When it comes to house plants especially the pure organic matter or the premium grade which has no soil in it is a lot lighter. It makes your pots a lot easier to move in and out and even when you're filling cells like I am for propagation of seeds or whatever. They're so much lighter that you are more likely to be able to move them in and out if its pot plant to give it the right amount of light or even to protect it from a frost in the fall. For my purposes, it makes these cells, these flats of plants much easier to move around and handle for the customer and myself in general. So a premium of potting soil it doesn't have any dirt in it, it will grow better plants.