Cedar in potting soil

Asked May 30, 2019, 7:49 PM EDT

I just bought a bag of potting soil and when l opened the bag it smelled strongly of cedar. I want to use it for a Spanish lavender shrub in a big pot. Is composted cedar going to hurt root growth?

Columbia County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The fact that the potting soil smells like cedar does not mean that it is primarily cedar, or that it is harmful for plants, including lavender. The important factors in choosing a potting soil are its ability to drain well, provide an environment for nutrient retention and transfer, and be less susceptible to compaction. I suspect your mix has all those. Here is an Extension article on the topic: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-handbook/18-plants-grown-in-containers#section_heading_8769 Go for it!