Succulents grow best in a porous sandy potting soil, so amending your potting soil with sand is super important. You could use any type of sand, but to ensure fast drainage for succulents, I recommend buying a coarse sand rather than the really fine stuff.
Likewise, is it OK to plant succulents in regular potting soil?
They want a soil mix that will work for most anything. When succulents are small, they need more water, so a dense soil (like regular potting soil) works at that stage. … They will greatly appreciate the healthy new soil and room for their roots to spread.
Simply so, how do you prepare potting soil for succulents?
To make the succulent potting soil, simply combine the potting mix, coarse sand, and perlite in a large container (I use an old plastic pot bottom) and mix well by hand. If you make too much, no problem! Just store it in a bag or pot already combined, ready for your next use.
Do I have to use cactus soil for succulents?
There’s no universal answer to succulent and cactus soil. Every plants’ needs are a little different and they come from different environments each with their own unique soil characteristics. That being said, you can pretty easily mix up a blend that will work great for 95% of succulents.
Sand is an excellent alternative to perlite because it does not hold onto water and provides sharp drainage.