You are going to learn about succulent soil. Why the type of soil you use for your succulent is essential and how to make your own succulent soil.
Chances are you remember your grandmother having a cactus in the window or maybe a boho aunt that had succulents everywhere. However, in recent years, succulents have taken the world by storm. And why not?
Not only are these plants beautiful, but they are great for small areas, such as desktops, and great for those that may not have the greenest thumb (AKA Plant Killers). Of course, even easy to grow plants need the best soil possible. Let’s look at how to get the perfect succulent soil.
How To Make Your Own Succulent Soil
It’s important to remember that succulents need different soils at different stages. When succulents are small, they require more water. This is when regular potting soil works for succulents.
However, as succulents get bigger, they require less water and will need a soil that drains away excess water. Otherwise, your succulent will rot. Succulent soil for mature plants, should be a mixture of potting soil, coarse sand, and pumice.
Most succulents need soil mixed with pumice, which is volcanic rock that can be purchased in home improvement or gardening stores.
Pumice is needed for good drainage. When planning your garden, space the plants according to their growth needs. Some of them will need more room. The sunlight needed can vary as well.
It is very important that the potting soil you use be free of ingredients that retain moisture, such as vermiculite.
Mixing coarse sand into your potting soil will further help it drain away excess water. The pumice, or Perlite, prevent compaction in the soil which is essential for drainage.
It is recommended that you use a mixture of 3 parts potting soil, 2 parts coarse sand, and 1-part pumice.
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How do I prepare my soil for succulents?
To prepare your soil for succulents, you will mix 3 parts potting soil, 2 parts coarse sand, and 1-part pumice. Parts can be anything as long as you use the same for each part.
For example, if you use a cup (8 ounces) you would use 3 cups potting soil, 2 cups coarse sand, and 1 cup pumice. Use your hands or a trowel to mix the ingredients until evenly distributed.
Can you use regular soil for succulents?
No. Regular potting soil is too dense for succulents. The only exception is baby succulents that need more water. Mature succulents need a soil that is going to drain away excess water to prevent rot.
Can you plant succulents in just rocks?
Succulents can be placed in just rocks, but they will not live long. If you want your plants to thrive, you want to use the mixture mentioned above.
Do succulents like alkaline soil?
For the most part, succulents prefer acidic soil. A pH average of 6 is perfect for most succulents.
Should you water succulents after repotting?
After repotting your succulent, you want to wait a week before watering. You can then water your succulent every one to three weeks. If the soil is damp, wait. If the soil is dry, water.
Can you plant succulents in sand?
Sand is a great ingredient in succulent soil but should not be used as the only ingredient. Sand doesn’t retain moisture.
While you don’t want a lot of moisture to be retained, some does need to be retained so that the roots can absorb the amount they need. The water drains too quickly for this to happen in sand.
Succulent Subscription Boxes
You can receive Succulent Subscription boxes each month for a monthly fee. Below are some of the monthly subscription services dedicated to succulents.
Succulents Box is a subscription company that was established in 2015 and it is known for its 200 organically grown succulents. Their succulents are grown in California.
At Succulents Monthly pride themselves in pairing the best succulents with the right potting mix. They also provide everything you will need to plant your succulent successfully each month.
Succulent Monthly mission is to help you, or that special someone in your life, build a fantastic collection!
Each month you will find:
- Includes healthy plants, succulent growing mix, and everything else you need
- Quality pots and containers that are as cute and clever as they are classy
- Beautiful hand-illustrated paperwork with helpful potting and care instructions
- Easy and fun family-friendly projects
- Printable Gift Card Available