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Houseplant Soil & Lighting Guide


Spring & summer repotting

We know many of you have been on the edge of your seats, eager to repot your houseplants. To celebrate Spring, we want to share with you our secret soil recipes. Get your bowls and buckets ready; it’s time to get mixing.



There are three main soil types and 4 essential ingredients are required for your Oderings houseplant soil recipe. Oderings Potting mix, Coir block, perlite, and fine pumice. Recipes are based on a 9L household bucket.


Mix One – the lush and hardy

For plants that prefer to be hydrated and like low light levels: e.g. creeping ficus, ivy, syngonium.


  • 7 litres of Oderings Potting & Basket Mix
  • 4 cups of hydrated coir block
  • 2 cups of perlite


Mix Two – the tropics

For plants that like medium to bright light levels and freer-flowing soil: e.g. pothos, calatheas, monstera and fiddle leaf fig.


  • 7 litres of Oderings Potting & Basket Mix
  • 4 cups of hydrated coir block
  • 5 cups of perlite


Mix Three – the sun lovers

For sun-loving plants such as cacti and succulents or plants that require a lot more drainage: e.g. hoya, chain of hearts and string of pearls.


  • 7 litres of Oderings Potting & Basket Mix
  • 4 cups of hydrated coir block
  • 4 cups of perlite
  • 3 cups of fine pumice


Oderings Top Repotting Tips:

Re-potting needs to be done in spring and summer when your houseplant outgrows its pot or when it needs dividing. To freshen your plant, start by removing the plant from its pot and removing excess soil gently. Select a new pot that is only about 1/3 bigger than the existing one; if dividing, you can use the same pot. If you over-pot into something double the size, your plant may go into shock as too much soil can make it hard to water correctly. Also, repot your houseplant to the same height/soil level it was at previously. There is no need to fertilise for at least 3 months as the potting mix has adequate nutrients and feed built in; however, we do suggest seaweed tonic to minimise transplant shock.


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Lighting Levels

One of the most important points for growing happy and healthy indoor plants is placement in your home. Now is the time to gradually move your houseplants from their winter positions to their summer ones. Most houseplants prefer a temperature of 18°C and a minimum of 14°C. Keep away from draughts and direct air flows from cold heat pumps. It is always best to think about where in your home you want a houseplant and what would be most appropriate for it to thrive. Check out our handy illustration.


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Plant Options



  • Cacti
  • Succulents
  • Sansevieria



  • String of Pearls
  • Hoyas
  • Devils Ivy
  • ZZ Plants
  • Peace Lily
  • palms



  • Ferns
  • Philodendron Cordatum
  • Bridal Veil
  • Ficus
  • peace lily
  • Palms



  • Zebrena
  • Peperomias
  • ZZ Plants
  • Ferns
  • Peace Lily


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