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3, 2, 1 contact! — How to apply compost to your indoor plants

As we approach the colder months, many of you have likely begun winterizing your garden in preparation for the spring. While summer has ended, now is an ideal time to spruce up your house plants. As we will inevitably be spending more time indoors, why not be surrounded by happy, healthy plants! 

Pairing compost with indoor plants helps promote improved soil health by acting as an organic fertilizer and microbial biome. As a result, plants grow larger,  healthier and evidence suggests more disease-resistant, as well. 

To help you get started, we laid out several steps you can take to begin adding compost your indoor plants: 

1. Get the ratio right

As with outdoor composting, keep in mind that too much can actually harm your house plants. That’s why it is essential you get your ratio of soil to compost correct. We recommend using a three parts soil one part compost ratio in order to maximize your potting potential. Doing so will ensure that plants receive optimum levels of the following essential macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Soil is an incredibly important aspect of plant life so you want to make sure you get the most out of it. Thankfully compost also acts as a soil rejuvenator by naturally replenishing key nutrients and improving water retention. This is particularly important during winter months when heating systems dry out the air. Come to think of it, us humans aren’t so different. After all, our bodies also crave moisture in the winter (thank you, Eucerine Skincare products!).

2. Adding soil to your plants

While it does not matter how compost gets applied, we recommend re-potting your plants with a soil compost mix. You can add compost directly to the bed of the soil, however, it may take longer for it to seep down to the roots. Re-potting plants in compost rich soil means they receive nutrients right away while also giving you a chance to check for disease. If you do not want to repot, then make sure to blend the compost down to the roots. Also, watch out for soil compacting and apply gently!

3. Add some worm castings!

Okay, while these are not technically compost, worm castings (aka worm poop) act as extra support for your soil. As worms digest food, they break down complex nutrients into more bioactive forms which are then absorbed by your plants. The gained nutrients enhance plant growth and minimize disease, studies show. 

With castings, a little goes a long way so be sure to use them sparingly. Anywhere from 1-2 cm should be applied to the bed of your soil. Then, as you water, the casting will seep down and begin enriching your plants. Plus if you have pesky pets, you don’t have to worry about them eating or sniffing the soil. Unlike fertilizer, castings are all natural and pose no risk to animal life. 

The beauty of castings is that you can make them yourselves, all you need is worms! We offer the Worm Box, a ready-to-go vermicomposting bin packed with red wigglers, food, and newspaper. Within months, you will have casting ready to go from the comfort of your home.

How we can help your plants

Here at Bootstroop, composting is our bread and butter. We provide a variety of products focused on improving and maintaining soil and plant health. Our compost is packed full of organic materials as well as castings, making it perfect for all indoor plant life. We also offer straight worm castings. Castings are a superb option for houseplants since only a small amount is required per dressing. 

Finally, for those who do not want to get their hands dirty check out Beantown Brew! This is our portable and easy to dispense Compost Tea mix, perfect for houseplant enthusiasts. The tea provides all the same benefits as compost, but can be sprayed foliarly or directly on the soil.