Simply so, can I use cactus soil for succulents?
For the best potting soil for succulents, start with a basic cactus and succulent soil mix, or even an African violet mix, available at most garden centers. Then add some extra ingredients to find the one that will make watering easier, improve the drainage, and hold up a long time without compacting.
Secondly, can I use normal soil for cactus?
Can I Use Regular Potting Soil For Cactus? Yes, you can use regular potting soil or African violet soil for your cactus plants. But again, don’t use these on their own, as they have too much moisture-holding organic matter and may contain fertilizer additives that are not geared for slow-growing cacti.
Do succulents need special soil?
Succulents need soil that drains, so regular potting soil—or dirt from your yard—won’t do. Choose cactus soil or mix potting soil with sand, pumice, or perlite. Succulent roots are very fragile so be gentle when repotting.
Although regular potting mix usually drains well, the organic materials in the soil soak up and retain moisture. Cactus soil does not retain moisture because it is primarily made up of inorganic materials, which also helps to prevent root rot.
Cactus soil supports the distinct needs of plants that grow in arid environments. You can use cactus soil for herbs that prefer to grow in dry soil. The cactus soil has a loose texture that helps it to drain the excess water fast. Herbs like sage, oregano, thyme, and rosemary prefer the soil to dry out before watering.
The best mixing ratio of the three ingredients is two parts sand, two parts gardening soil, and one-part perlite or pumice. Translating this to cups makes it 3 cups of sand, 3 cups of soil, and 1.5 cups of perlite or pumice. The purpose of pumice or perlite is to aid in aeration and drainage.