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How long is an unopened bag of potting soil good to use?

Started 1308085537.783 in In the Garden | Last reply 1308237241.297 by wotchagot

I have 2 large bags of potting soil that are a year old. I want to use the soil to pot plants that will sit out on my balcony, & possibly to re-pot some house plants. Neither of the bags has ever been opened. I was hoping to be able to use them, but not sure. Since I already bought my outdoor plants, I'd hate to throw good money after bad if this "old" soil shouldn't be used. I'm just a casual gardener & need all the help I can get! Thanks

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TennTriath­lete1308086175.3771518 PostsRegistered 12/7/2009Tennessee

It should be fine to use as long as you don't see any mold and it doesn't have any strong/unpleasant odor. If it was relatively dry when stored it will be fine. I've seen some that got waterlogged while in storage develop mold.

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VCamp27481308086461.0175731 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006

Thanks, Tenn! It's been stored indoors & not exposed to any moisture at all.

TennTriath­lete1308086927.5831518 PostsRegistered 12/7/2009Tennessee

In that case it should be absolutely fine to use. Your plants will never know it's been sitting at your house rather than a store. Smile Happy I could help!

Take care,

TT

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mima1308086984.68713893 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

There surely isn't an expiration date on dirt is there?

Mima

gardenman1308086992.62715919 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

It should be fine. I wouldn't count on any fertilizer that was in it to still be fully effective, but other than that the mix should be fine.

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Shelbelle1308087089.05732817 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Indefinitely if kept in the right place.

smhr661308234779.842384 PostsRegistered 9/5/2010Laid Back and Mellow Small Town USA

I keep mine in the laundry room on the top shelf. It is usually dark and cool in there. I also wouldn't count on the fertilizer being much count after a years time.

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happygal1308235220.812445 PostsRegistered 10/22/2005

It's good forever. Only problem would be if it has dried out (probably not since bag is sealed). You'd need to remoisten it before using.

VCamp27481308235416.285731 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006
On 6/14/2011 mima said:

There surely isn't an expiration date on dirt is there?

Thanks, I needed the laugh!

And thanks to everyone for your comments. I hadn't considered the fertilizer mixed in with the soil, but I can always pick up some plant food.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!

annabellet­hecat1308236366.1811426 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
Is this for real? This is dirt. It should last forever.

wotchagot1308237241.273341 PostsRegistered 4/25/2007

Absolutely A1 OK Perfectly fine to use! I keep mine in the garage, and still use it even if I've opened it, after some time - - enjoy your plants!

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