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The Great Indoors Part 1 – Containers & Potting Mix

Over a series of videos, guest presenter and furniture designer Craig Miller-Randle will cover everything you need to know about successfully growing plants indoors.

In this first episode he starts with the basics – pots and potting mix.

Craig lives in an apartment in the Melbourne inner-city suburb of Richmond, so having a ‘garden’ indoors is a good option. He doesn’t know how many plants he has in his home but there is barely any surface, wall or airspace that isn’t filled with leafy goodness.

Indoor plants are totally reliant on you for their nutrients, water and health, which is why Craig always starts with a premium potting mix that meets Australian standards.

02:44 | Potting Mix
Craig makes up his own mix depending on the type of plant:

02:59 | 1. Standard potting mix combined with 20% perlite. “I use this for the biggest range of plants.”
03:33 | 2. Pre-mixed succulent mix (for desert plants like Pachypodium geayi). “I use this for things that like good drainage. It has extra sand to make it quick drying.”
04:05 | 3. Epiphyte mix; base mix plus 20% perlite and 10% charcoal (which keeps the soil sweet and absorbs impurities). “I use this for things like monstera, epipremnum, philodendron – these are forest floor plants. They need larger particles in their mix.”

05:04 | Containers
If a plant feels tight in a pot its roots have probably filled the pot completely and it needs to be potted up to the next size of pot, plus some fresh soil.
Craig prefers traditional plastic nursery pots that are lightweight and can be washed and reused.
He also cuts down larger pots to make a shallow, wide pot that suits plants such as Maranta (prayer plant).

Featured plants:
Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium geayi)
Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera adansonii)
Green Velvet Alocasia (Alocasia micholitziana)
Maranta (Maranta leuconeura cv.)

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50 Comments

  1. Tina Steer on March 19, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    I have been gardening for a long time and love indoor plants. I thought I knew everything on this subject but learnt 2 specific reasons some of my ferns get to wet. Keep Craig please please please. 🥳

  2. Sacred Wyspers on March 19, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Omg where have you been all my life
    You are the BEST absolute best
    Only love knows what and how to explain

    Please please know YOUR THE BEST OF ALL

    LOVE YOU

  3. james da silva on March 19, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Craig,thank u for the information shared .GOD-bless!

  4. Hannah Walters on March 19, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    YESSSS SO GOOD TO SEE CRAIG ON HERE!!!! Great content!!

  5. Jyoti Chauhan on March 19, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Very informative video .Thank you

  6. Lisa Villaume on March 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Wonderful to see you present Craig! Your potting mix and care tips have helped all my aroids thrive.

  7. Dage on March 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    All I see is that Variegated Monstera 🌱😍♥️

  8. Anka Bubanj on March 19, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Very interesting video… I just love it… Craig has a beautiful space…

  9. Mumin Taha on March 19, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing all this.
    please what is the name of plant in 6:45 ?

  10. Elizabeth Cowen on March 19, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    So happy to have access to your considerable knowledge, Craig! Could we learn more about which plants prefer squat pots please. I have some treasured squat pots sourced though a cacti group.

  11. Kimberly on March 19, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I LOVE CRAIG!! SO INSPIRED FROM HIM!!!!!!!

  12. Home Gardeners on March 19, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Nice collection do you have bro.
    Really I like this types of videos

  13. aniafish on March 19, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Love this new segment!!

  14. Sonu Kumar on March 19, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I love your houseplants, I want to grow like you😍

  15. mikan on March 19, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Ugh that fredek, so pretty!!!!!!

  16. Jagriti Bhatt on March 19, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    It’s just a tour in heaven !!!

  17. Tran Plants on March 19, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks!
    Watching from Victoria!

  18. Cilla Moke on March 19, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you Craig xx

  19. Urban Window Farmer on March 19, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Very entertaining, thanks for posting! 🌱🌿🌵

  20. アシュラ渡辺 on March 19, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you so much Sir for your easy-to-understand guidance. As a beginner, this is really helpful. Love from Malaysia 🙏♥

  21. Edible Kit on March 19, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    nice indoor garden! everything so well together, thumbs up

  22. VeganChiefWarrior on March 19, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    ideally you want 100 percent perlite with some compost or potting mix on top as mulch and feed

  23. Michele Sawyer on March 19, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Your passion really shows and the info is spot on, can’t wait for the next episode!

  24. Bee Joy on March 19, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    I’m so excited to have Craig as a guest presenter! It’s great that we now have one who focuses on indoor plants, since that’s the only kind of gardening many people can do nowadays! 🙂

  25. Lynette Allison on March 19, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    wonderful video, its so inspiring + informative – thank you! really looking forward to next one on light for plants. 🙂

  26. Lorelle Tyler on March 19, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Enjoyed watching this on indoor plants.

  27. Tropical Vacation Garden on March 19, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    We are now adding tropical plants to enhance the indoor oxygen in our house. Thanks for the tips!

  28. Dixi Wonderland on March 19, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Been following Craig for over a year now on instagram. He must be one of the nicest people ever! Always taking his time to answer comments and share his knowledge’s. I´m so happy that he got this opportunity. Much love all the way from Sweden.

  29. Perette Lear on March 19, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Great video! I never thought about cutting down nursery pots! Thanks for the tip!

  30. Mercy Saavedra on March 19, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Hisvoice has such a calming effect as plants

  31. Leigh Schwenke on March 19, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Hi handsome Craig
    Thank you for all the useful information on soil mix, I must repot al my house plants with those soil mix but first I need to take a trip to Bunnings to buy the ingredients. Love you Craig and your beautiful plant jungle, absolutely amazing like you. Keep them plant info coming😘

  32. Zaleha Burude on March 19, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful Plants….

  33. Ghem Punzalan on March 19, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Love this episode

  34. Jane- Margaret on March 19, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Great video thank you. Looking forward to the next one!

  35. planthoria on March 19, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Omaigodd. Whole plant in this video is "speechless" 👏👏👏

  36. Ben Burrell on March 19, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Just amazing! This is great! He is great!

  37. bluemagickl on March 19, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Oh my! I love your video, very informative which what I needed. I’m still confused as to what kind of soil mixture for each plants. Love all your plants and the idea of how to decorate them without breaking the bank. Thank you very much for sharing your ideas and expertise. Looking forward to see more of your videos. God bless you always 🌈😉

  38. Alice Walker on March 19, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I’m so excited for this series! 💜

  39. M Kuc on March 19, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Great educator 10/10

  40. Tuhina Chakraborty on March 19, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Beautiful ❤ just out standing

  41. geniebison on March 19, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    that soil mixing tray is a great idea – thanks Craig!

  42. Marion b on March 19, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    love it, great info

  43. Mary Ann Alcantara on March 19, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Your space so nice ang lovely hope i can do that to my house in cavite phils soon thanks for all your vidz its very useful 👍

  44. Norma B. on March 19, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    I say again. Craig have the best plants. Also the artistic way he arranges these is quite an inspiration.

  45. Cougar Kneebone on March 19, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Wow… what a beautiful indoor garden! Looking forward to more info from Craig!!

  46. magdalena Kamel on March 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing, I have cactus mix, perlite and orchids mix, and mixed all and re pot, however I am having second thoughts about orchids mix, wouldn’t this wood ships make fungus on roots? I am asking you, I have this Christmas cactus and miniature fig

  47. Sunny Hailey on March 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I didn’t buy a plant the other day, thinking I had no place to put it. Then this video pops up and I realize, I have an entire stair case and walk way 😁😁

  48. Kathy Li on March 20, 2021 at 12:00 am

    How about fern?what is the best soil mix for ferns?

  49. shoof on March 20, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Look at his plants absolutely loving life! I’ll hang onto the hope that my calatheas can survive in this unpredictable Melbourne weather.. Subscribed!!

  50. Haley Macklin on March 20, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Bloody love your stuff Craig! Can you please adopt me so I can live in this lush paradise of yours?!?
    Can’t wait to see more of your content 🙌🏼🌿💗

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