We recommend using a standard general multipurpose compost mix or a John Innes number 2 (sandy soil mix) and adding 30% to 40% by volume of drainage media in the form of sand, grit or our favourite perlite. This will give you a free draining soil mix which is very important for the health of your succulents.
Herein, what is the best soil mix for succulents?
Measuring Succulent Soil
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.
Likewise, can I use builders sand for succulents?
I’ve read online that building sand shouldn’t be used, but none of my succulents have died from this yet, so there you go. … The important thing to remember with succulents is their original habitats. While this mix will be suitable for most cacti and succulents, some from very dry areas may need an even grittier mix.
Can I use orchid soil for succulents?
I would not recommend the orchid mix on any of your current succulents. Your plants will really hate getting too moist at root level, it will easily rot the fine roots or the base of your plant. I would rather add more pumice with the cactus mix.
Succulents in the garden do not need a fertile soil; in fact, they prefer lean ground without an abundance of nutrients. Remove rocks, sticks, and other debris. You may also purchase topsoil to use in the mix. Get the kind without fertilizer, additives, or moisture retention – just plain soil.
Use perlite to root cuttings or grow cacti, succulents, epiphytes, and other plants that benefit from quickly draining soil with plenty of aeration. … Vermiculite is better suited for starting seeds and other situations when plants require plenty of moisture consistently available in their soil.
Your succulent soil mixture should consist of about half potting soil. The remaining half should be about two thirds sand (coarse), poultry grit or turface and one third part perlite or pumice. … It’s a good idea to mix up a large amount in advance to plant succulents.