Is Miracle Gro potting soil a good choice for growing microgreens? In this Miracle Gro potting soil review, we test how well microgreen varieties that are harvestable in as few as seven days and those that can take up to a month before they are ready for harvest.
The Miracle Gro potting soil review also include articles on the ingredients in the potting mix and describe and explain each ingredient, how it is formed or sourced, and if they harm you or the environment.
- Miracle Gro Potting Soil or Miracle Gro Potting Mix?
- Here is How Well Miracle Gro Potting Soil or Mix Grows Microgreens
- More Video to Come Using Miracle-Gro Potting Soil
- First Sticking Point to Overcome
- Is Miracle Gro Potting Soil Safe to Grow Vegetables?
- Reasons 1 & 2 for Using Miracle Gro
- What Ingredients Are in Miracle Grow Potting Soil?
- How Easy is it to Use Miracle Gro Potting Soil?
- How Well Does Miracle Gro Potting Soil Grow Microgreens?
- Something to Think About
- Do I Recommend Miracle Gro Potting Soil for Growing Microgreens?
Miracle Gro Potting Soil or Miracle Gro Potting Mix?
Actually, the product is called Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. Most (maybe all) indoor growing media are mixes. If you’re unsure what the difference is between “soil” and a “mix,” I have an article explaining what soil needs to contain to be called soil.
However, I frequently call potting mixes potting soil as it has been driving into my brain after years of selling it in my teens and twenties. So, if you read soil, think mix.
Please don’t call it dirt.
Soil or potting mixes are what we grow plants in. Dirt is what you sweep off the floor.
Here is How Well Miracle Gro Potting Soil or Mix Grows Microgreens
In the video below, Miracle Gro Potting Mix is tested with Home Microgreens Potting Mix to see how well it grows Purple Vienna Kohlrabi and Genovese Basil microgreens.
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Home Microgreens potting mix is used as a standard because I’ve trialed many different potting mixes against it, and it does a great job.
More Video to Come Using Miracle-Gro Potting Soil
Because the video would be too long if I included the basil footage, part two of this article will be dedicated to how well Miracle-Gro potting soil grows longer growing microgreens.
Links to part two of this Miracle Gro Potting Soil review and other articles and such mentioned in the video are provided in the write-up below.
Miracle Gro Potting Soil Review
Here are my thoughts and recommendations for using Miracle Gro Potting Soil for microgreens and other indoor garden plants.
This article will be focused on what ingredients are in the potting mix, how easy it is to use, and how well it performed when growing quick-growing microgreens like Kohlrabi, broccoli, kale, or other microgreens that are ready to harvest in ten days or less.
First Sticking Point to Overcome
Before you go out and buy Miracle Gro Potting Mix you should come to terms that it contains synthetic fertilizers.
I know this is a no-go for many of you. But hear me out.
There may come a time when you need a potting mix, and Miracle Gro is a popular brand available almost anywhere. Don’t forget that a chemical in itself is not harmful; only the dosage of that chemical can harm you.
*Spoiler Alert: I always keep that in mind. I will not use Miracle Gro Potting Mix to grow my microgreens unless it is all I have available. It is the best of the worst choices, or finances determine my buying decisions, mainly because of the synthetic chemicals on principle and not for health reasons.
But that is a choice you must consider before even buying this Miracle Gro product.
Is Miracle Gro Potting Soil Safe to Grow Vegetables?
According to Scott’s product website, Miracle Gro Potting Mix is safe to grow vegetables and greens. I have no proof other than what they state on the website, nor could I find any agency or watchdog group that says otherwise.
Here is a statement on the Scott’s website (taken in 2023)
Reasons 1 & 2 for Using Miracle Gro
This potting Mix is by far the most common potting mix found on the shelves of mass market retailers.
It can be found everywhere. Most of the larger stores carry 8-quart and 2-cubic-foot bags. Amazon does have a 1-cubic-foot bag that is a nice middle size.
The second reason is that it is inexpensive. Saving money is always good.
What Ingredients Are in Miracle Grow Potting Soil?
The potting mix ingredient list differs depending on what state (most likely country, too) it is sold in.
The short of it is that the ingredient list contains peat, sphagnum peat, forest products, maybe coco coir, perlite, synthetic fertilizers, and synthetic wetting agents.
I have an article that explains all of the ingredients in Miracle Gro Potting Mix and also explains what wetting agents are and what chemicals are in them.
How Easy is it to Use Miracle Gro Potting Soil?
As a side note, Home Microgreens Potting Mix contains only natural amendments. There are no synthetic products; instead of a peat base, it is mostly coconut coir-based. I also have an article on what ingredients Home Microgreens Potting Mix contains.
I found that Miracle Gro potting soil is easy to use. It is fine enough for easy spreading and leveling in the trays.
There is a bit of inconsistency in the size of the forest products, but not to a point where it is difficult to use.
I did find that Scott’s potting mix didn’t wet as well as the Home Microgreens Potting Mix. You can see that in the video.
However, it wasn’t so slow that it inferred with sowing seeds like some mixes have in other trials. It makes me wonder if it will absorb or wick up water and a coir-based product when bottomed watered.
Overall, I found it easy to use Miracle Gro Potting Soil when filling trays or sowing microgreens.
How Well Does Miracle Gro Potting Soil Grow Microgreens?
The video shows that the potting mix grows microgreens (at least quick-growing ones) very well.
Miracle Gro Potting Soil grew the Purple Vienna Kohlrabi as well as the Home Microgreens Potting Mix. If not a little larger.
To see how well Miracle-Gro Potting Mix grows slower-growing microgreens, we ran the same trial using Genovese Basil.
The only difference between the Miracle Gro mix and the Home Microgreens mix is the amount of watering. It appeared that the Scott’s product required more water than the Home Microgreens Mix.
Both trays were given the same volume of watering.
I don’t think that the growth rate between the two would cause the difference. It might have to do with the way a peat-rich mix loses water to the atmosphere compared to the coir-based HM potting mix.
It could also be the difference in the overall grain size with more air space in the coarser peat-based mix.
Overall, the watering aspect is not a big deal or game changer.
Something to Think About
Synthetic fertilizers are touted to grow plants quicker than those grown in soils with natural amendments. But if you look at the results below, you will see that there isn’t that much of a difference between the two trays.
Again, HM potting soil has only natural amendments, while the Miracle Gro has more soluble synthetic fertilizers.
There may be more of a difference in the basil microgreens in part two of this article.
Do I Recommend Miracle Gro Potting Soil for Growing Microgreens?
If you can warp your head around the synthetic fertilizer and wetting agent, Miracle Gro Potting Soil will grow microgreens very well.
It is easy to find, relatively inexpensive compared to other potting mixes, easy to work with, and it grows colorful microgreens quickly.
As mentioned, I’m not a fan of buying short-term products that contain petrol-based ingredients. I’m still unsure about the health concerns of the ingredients in wetting agents. But I will say that this product does not contain a significant enough volume of wetting agent to make much of a problem.
Besides the synthetic chemicals (I try not to use any in my food product), my principal reason for not supporting Miracle Gro is the Scott’s brand itself.
I’m not fond of the conglomerate companies that buy up or take over brands. I’m not getting into all the reasons here; I’ll only state that I like to support small companies that are not part of larger entities.
But I’m not here to judge anyone’s decision (nor should you), and if someone is comfortable with a product, what it contains, and who it supports, then by all means, Miracle Gro Potting Soil will grow outstanding microgreens for you.
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