Having well-drained soil is important to succulents.
In this article, you’ll learn the ideal recipe for succulent soil and where to buy the ingredients.
I do most of the succulent gardening in containers, both indoors and outdoors, rather than in the ground.
Soil selection for these containers can be challenging.
Over the years, I’ve done a lot of research on the best soils for succulent potted gardens, tried several methods and found some work better than others.
In fact, I’ve learned that while improper watering for succulents is a major cause of succulent plants dying (learn how to water well here), good soil is a more important factor than people realize.
In this soil for succulent container gardens guide or article, we will draw attention on a few secrete of the best soil and well-drained soil for succulent so that they can be useful for you and help you to make good planting or growing of succulents
check out here what you will learn:
- Standard For Good Succulent Soil
- Why It Works
- Pre-Mixed Option
- Soil For Outdoor And Potted Succulents
- How About Succulents Mixes Packaged In Bagsa At Big Box Stores
- Do I Need To Put My Juicer Ack In Now
- Replant The New Succulents Into The New Succulent Soil
- Succulents Soil Tips
Let start now…
STANDARD FOR GOOD SUCCULENT SOIL
Let’s start by talking about what to look for in succulent soil.
The best soil for succulents in pots has enough water to absorb what they need, but it will always dry quickly so the roots don’t rot.
The leachate sucks the water from the air around it, not through direct contact.
Constantly sitting in moist soil causes its roots to rot, because it receives a lot of water – and eventually, the root cells and leaves break down, causing the plant to die.
It’s not nice to see!
There are many environmental factors that can cause the soil to dry out, so different types of soil will be best suited to different growing areas.
The area you live in, as well as the location where you keep your succulents, will play a role in determining the type of soil your succulent needs.
Perfect indoor succulent soil
As mentioned earlier, I grow a lot of succulents indoors. Since indoor environments do not provide a great deal of air circulation around indoor pots, I have found that using the right soil is extremely important for the health of indoor succulents.
I highly recommend a floor with large particle size, around 1/4 ″ or 6 mm. I learned all about particle size and the role it plays in well-drained soils, by reading the Garden Web Forum, and especially from this article by Al. seem!
In the article, Al gives a soil recipe that works very well for indoor succulents. I used to do the soil myself (as it was not available before mixing). The recipe combines:
- 1 Part Pine Bark Fines
- 1 Part Turface (an absorptive rock)
- 1 Part Crushed Granite
WHY IT WORKS
Succulent plants will grow in a variety of soils, but I want to explain why this soil works and why you should use it.
Pine bark provides an organic component and retains water, but has air pockets for aeration. As a bonus, it takes a long time to decompose. The surface absorbs some water and releases it slowly.
The crushed granite allows water to flow between all the particles in the bowl. Since the mixture is very porous, the water flows easily. Plus, there’s plenty of air, which means the roots aren’t left in the wet soil or pool water like traditional pot soil.
However, the really important part of the recipe is making sure all of the particles are about 1/4 inch in size. Sorting out gallons of soil takes a lot of work to get particles of uniform size!
Mixing this soil recipe was time-consuming and challenging. But you are fortunate! You can now buy a ready-made bag for this floor from Bonsai Jack.
He’s an expert when it comes to soil, and this mix, in particular, is amazing for succulents. I’ve been working with Jack since 2015 to perfect and improve this soil mix and have hundreds of happy clients!
The particle size and consistency of the Bonsai Jack blend is perfect for an indoor juicer. For example, while Turface is generally only available in 1/8 particles, Jack was able to achieve a volume of 1/4, specifically for use in mixtures.
I highly recommend using the succulent jack bonsai soil for indoor succulents. This soil will help succulents to thrive, especially if you tend to overwater. Click here to get it.
However, if you prefer not to purchase this “lovable mix” online, you can make it yourself. You should be able to find the ingredients in most nurseries.
Turface is also found in most auto parts stores as a product called “Oil-dra”, which mechanics use to clean up an oil spill.
If you do not have access to exactly these materials, you can replace them with other ingredients. Just keep in mind that the ratio of inorganic to organic matter should remain the same.
For example, if you are using a different type of bark, be sure to mix another type of rock as well (such as pumice). The really important part, as I mentioned above, is making sure the particle size is always close to 1/4 inch or 6mm.
SOIL FOR OUTDOOR AND POTTED SUCCULENTS
If you grow succulents outdoors, on the other hand, Bonsai Jack Succulent Soil may or may not be suitable for you.
Since most of my succulent experiences have been in Utah, where the weather is generally dry and hot in the summer, I found that using the Bonsai Jack mix works well outdoors, but it requires me to water my succulents every day.
I am no good at remembering water, so this mixture required a lot of maintenance for me. Instead, I’ve been using a mixture of coconut and coconut pumice (or Turface, or crushed granite, depending on what I have readily available).
- One part coconut Coir
- One piece of pumice
Mountain Crest Gardens grows its plants in coconuts and was very pleased with the results. Coconut absorbs water easily, but it still drains well. Plus it’s lightweight, so your juicer will be a little lighter.
I wouldn’t use coconut indoors, as I found that it didn’t dry out fast enough for most of my succulents. However, it is great for outdoors in warm, dry climates.
The added pumice, which is also lightweight, allows the soil to dry a little faster without drying out too quickly.
HOW ABOUT SUCCULENTS MIXES PACKAGED IN BAGSA AT BIG BOX STORES
If you can’t find any of the soil ingredients listed in the recipes above, the next best solution is to choose a bag of “succulent and aloe vera mix” at Lowes, Home Depot, or your local Wal-Mart.
This soil works well with succulents. However, it does not drain well and tends to repel water when completely dry. I highly recommend adding rock material like pumice, crushed granite, or even perlite.
DO I NEED TO PUT MY JUICER ACK IN NOW
If the succulent plants are currently doing well in the soil they are in, do not report yet. As I said at the beginning, the right soil for your succulents depends on your climate, as well as the location where you keep your plants.
In other words, if it works … stick to it.
On the other hand, if you find that your succulents die frequently, and you can’t quite tell what’s going wrong, the soil is a great place to start.
While replacing your soil mix may not solve all of your problems, your succulents will be happier in soil that drains well and has lots of airflow around the roots.
REPLANT THE NEW SUCCULENTS INTO THE NEW SUCCULENT SOIL
Once you bring a new succulent plant home, put it back into new soil as soon as possible, removing most of the soil from the store pot. Many of the common problems with succulents come from keeping succulents in original store-bought soil.
The store floor poses two main problems. First, locally purchased succulents tend to be root-bound (meaning the roots fill most of the pot). If you remove the succulent and place it in a new pot, the roots will be harder to spread.
Second, most nurseries sell succulents in soil that is not designed for long-term growth. Or at least not in the long term elsewhere than in a greenhouse.
This is because large nurseries and growers generally use the same soil for all of their plants. They want a soil mixture that will fit almost anything. When succulents are small, they need more water, so dense soil (like regular potting soil) works in this stage.
But leaving succulents too long in this soil can quickly cause the leachate to the rotor, in some cases, prevent it from getting the water it needs.
Peat moss is the main ingredient in most pot mixes. When the foam dries completely, it tends to repel water.
If you don’t let the water soak on the ground and start sucking in the peat, then the sap will not contain the water. The water simply runs from the sides of the pot and comes out of the bottom.
So please, for the health of your succulents, replant them as soon as possible after purchase. They will greatly appreciate the new, healthy soil and the space in which their roots spread.
are you convinced?
The soil you use is just as important to your plant as the watering frequency.
Take a moment to inspect the soil you use for your succulent plant and see if a change is needed. And if you haven’t already, download my free cheat sheet to see what it looks like when your juicer needs more or less water. Click here for the cheat sheet.
SUCCULENTS SOIL TIPS
Here are some basics and some suggestions to get started on creating your own:
To get the best botanical mix in the pot, start with a basic mix of aloe vera and succulent soil, or even a mixture of African violets, available at most garden centres. Then add some other ingredients to find one that makes watering easier, improves drainage, and lasts for a long time without pressure.
Organic matter is the main component of any vegetable soil. Mossy, the main ingredient in most potting mixes, is difficult to moisten, and then dries quickly. By adding a little finely crushed bark, the water penetrates more quickly.
For homemade blends, a great alternative to algae is coconut, which is a fibrous shredded coconut shell that breaks down very slowly. Unlike peat, coconut is easy to wet when it dries. Compost can also be used, although it degrades very quickly.
The other major ingredient is an inorganic substance that allows water to absorb and then drains quickly out of the soil, keeping the mixture crumbly and aerated.
There are many good options, and all are better than coarse sand, including perlite, crushed granite, pumice, chicken pellets, and calcined clay used to improve ventilation and pressure in lawn fields or insoluble cat litter. Both of these will greatly increase the drainage and will not decompose as the organic matter decomposes slowly.
Start with half the organic planting soil and half the thin, inorganic material. Add less draining ingredients to the micro juices like Aloe, Crassula, Sansevieria, Sedum, Cemberivium; Add more agave, yucca, and real aloe vera, like Opuntia.
After mixing your ingredients, wet some of them well, then squeeze them into a ball in your hand. If you squeeze and stick together, it won’t drip like your plants need, so add a little bit of inorganic drainage material, and test again until the wet mixture collapses easily when you stop pressing it.
Again, two gardeners will not have the same mix and your mix will likely change over time. But you definitely won’t go wrong with this basic approach.