How do I get rid of a sour smell in the dirt in my plants?

Eleanor Lunetta
by Eleanor Lunetta
  6 answers
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jun 07, 2017

    Soil that holds too much water has an odor because of the bacteria that thrive in wet conditions. Healthy soil includes air pockets, which help plant roots "breathe." In many cases, changing your plant-watering habits helps combat the problem of excess water in the soil.

  • Annette Lutzen-Sachs Annette Lutzen-Sachs on Jun 07, 2017

    try peat moss mixed into the soil. It will help aerate and absorb the odors

  • Jane Jane on Jun 07, 2017

    add some coffee grounds to the soil, easy on the watering.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 10, 2017

    If you put your finger in the soil it should be dry at least a couple of inches before you water. Another thing you can do is get a water meter that will tell you how much water you have in the soil. Don't get one at the more expensive floral centers, Places like Walmart, Menards, Home Depot, etc. should have them in their garden centers this time of year. We use them on our house plants all the time. They really help so you don't over water your potted plants.

  • Eleanor Lunetta Eleanor Lunetta on Jun 14, 2017

    Eleanor Lunetta Thank you for all the help I did lose the plants but I will keep the suggestions for all the rest of my plants. I think what happened was I mistakenly put sugar water that I had in a container for the hummingbirds in those plants.