Succulents need good draining soil. When planting in the garden, make sure the area drains well and is not in a low spot that would stay wet. … The container you are planting in should have a drainage hole or you can put a layer of crushed rock on the bottom of your container before you put in your planting medium.
Beside above, what do you put in the bottom of a succulent pot?
Soil: Succulents and cacti thrive in well draining, porous soils. Gravel or expanded shale can be added to the bottom of the container to help increase drainage. A basic, sandy potting soil mixed with vermiculite makes a great succulent mix!
Secondly, should I put rocks at the bottom of my planter?
A: For years, experts told gardeners to put a layer of gravel, pebbles, sand or broken pieces of pot in the bottom of the pot before potting up houseplants or outdoor plants. The idea was to improve drainage. But research shows that this advice is wrong. Water doesn’t travel well from one medium to another.
Why put stones at the bottom of a plant pot?
For centuries, gardeners have put shards of pottery – “crocks” – at the bottom of plant pots to increase drainage. … A piece of crockery in the bottom of the pot aids drainage. It allows water to run off more quickly than soil would and prevents compost from clogging up the holes at the bottom of the pot.
First, it helps keep the soil in place while you’re watering. Especially if you’re using an organic soil that has very small particles, the top dressing will help hold it all in place. Second, it can help enhance the colors in your succulents, or compliment them.
DON’T use moss in your succulent pots. It looks pretty but it traps moisture and encourages fungi/bacteria. Also avoid non-porous rocks like pea gravel, river rocks, fish rocks, sand, glass marbles, etc. You can use a few rocks here and there as decoration as long as the soil has plenty of air to breath.
Most succulents thrive in dry conditions because too much moisture can cause the plants to rot. … You can grow them indoors in a dish filled with gravel, which provides adequate moisture drainage, although some soil is still necessary to provide nutrients and a medium for the succulent roots.
To control these floaters, succulent aficionados apply a layer of fine gravel on top of the potting soil to keep it all in place when water is applied. … You can also use aquarium gravel for more unusual or brightly colored composition of succulent, pot and surface material.
succulents will survive in just rocks for a couple of weeks but are likely to eventually die. For the long term, succulents need a growing medium to stay healthy and look good, but there are a few ways of completely hiding the soil to create the illusion that your plants are only growing in rocks.
“In outdoor container plants, rocks can be used as a heat attracting mulch on the top of the soil, so use them with heat-loving plants (like cacti and succulents).”
Adding rocks to topsoil prevents water loss by shading the soil and reducing the temperature below it. As a result, less water evaporates out of the atmosphere. Additionally, the rocks prevent drafty winds from removing water out from the soil as it acts as a shield when it coats the top layer.