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.
In this way, do succulents need special soil Reddit?
I personally use 50% miracle gro+ 50% perlite for cacti, ~60/40 for succulents, plus whatever I get from the grower’s soil when I buy succulents.
Secondly, can you plant succulents in normal soil?
Regular potting soil isn’t the best choice for easy succulent cultivation, but with a couple of precautions you can make it work. Potting soil is mostly organic materials like bark, peat moss, and compost. It has a dense structure and it takes a while for it to dry.
What is the best soil for succulent and cactus?
Succulents (and cacti) are native to dry, arid climates, so they prefer sandy, well-draining soils.
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.
I use 1/1/1/1 of cactus soil, perlite, broken up bark, and small clay balls for new or small plants, and graduate them to 1/2/2 soil, small clay, and bark when they’re bigger and have good roots.
The basic mix is 1:1:1, pine bark fines:Turface:crushed granite. This is what I grow all my woody plants in that go 2-3 years between repots and I usually keep it that simple (1:1:1).
Perlite is used in soil mixes (including soilless mediums) to improve aeration and modify the soil substructure, keeping it loose, well-draining, and defying compaction. … Other uses of perlite include masonry construction, cement and gypsum plasters, and loose fill insulation.