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soil for succulents

How To Make Succulent Soil

Succulents are some of the easiest plants to take care of. They don’t require a lot of maintenance and, often, don’t even need to be watered more than a few times a week. So naturally, succulents are popular among gardening enthusiasts.

When succulents begin to outgrow their pots, however, minor maintenance in the form of repotting is needed and, to do this, succulent soil is necessary.

If you’re looking to save some cash during your potting, you’ve made it to the right place. Here, we have a detailed guide of how to make your own succulent soil.

Repotting succulents

Succulent Soil Ingredients and Mixing

Potting Soil

You’ll need a high-quality all-purpose potting soil. This soil should not contain any kind of moisture control properties, as succulents need a potting soil that drains well instead of clinging to moisture.  Too much moisture is not beneficial for succulents.

Coarse Sand

Mixing your potting soil with a coarse sand is a must. Coarse send works better over fine sand varieties because it allows for more adequate drainage. Avoid sand from the garden or beach, as sand from these places can contain a variety of germs, chemicals, and unfavorable matter.

Perlite

Perlite is an organic soil material. In commercial potting soils, this is the chunks of Styrofoam-like matter. Like the sand, it’s a good ingredient to aid in the drainage of your succulents thanks to its chunky texture.

Start by gathering a large bucket in which you can mix your soil. Combine 3 parts potting soil, 2 parts sand, and 1 part perlite; mix it together well with your hands or a trowel. Make sure that all ingredients are distributed evenly throughout the mixture.

Planting succulent in flower pot

Storing the Leftovers

One of the best parts of creating your owl succulent soil mix is that you can make as much as you want at any given time. As long as you have all the proper ingredients, you can make a 20-pound batch if you want.

So, how do you store it? Surely you won’t use all 20 pounds in one go.

Storing the excess mixture in a large plastic bucket is the best way to keep it fresh. Ensure that the bucket has a tight-fitting lid and store it somewhere cool, like in the garage or basement.

If the lid doesn’t fit tightly enough, you’ll end up with a whole host of pesky bugs in your succulent mix and then, if you bring the succulents you used the soil on in the house, you’ll get them in your house, too.

Now that you know how to make your own succulent soil and how to store it, you can get started potting all your carefully cared for plants. Just remember to make sure the lid of your extra succulent soil is on tight or all your hard work will be for nothing.

Babys breath flower

How to Dry Baby’s Breath

Baby’s breath is a cute little white flower that grows in sprays. These flowers are commonly used as fillers in bouquets, as they compliment nearly every type of flower and are delicate enough that they don’t steal the spotlight from the main flowers.

If you’ve ever been given a bouquet of baby’s breath or grown some in your garden, you know how beautiful this flower is. Naturally, it makes sense that someone – you, perhaps – might want to dry and preserve the flowers after receiving them.

Gypsophila paniculataor

To effectively dry baby’s breath, you need to know how to do it in a way that won’t damage the flower or take away any of its beauty. That’s what we’re here to teach you today.

1. Wrap an elastic band around the stems of your baby’s breaths after gathering them into a bundle.

2. Flip the bundle upside down and clip it onto a wire hanger using a clothespin. If you’re hanging multiple bundles alongside each other, make sure that they aren’t touching; you want air to be able to circulate freely around all bundles.

3. Hang your bundles in a dry, dark room with good air circulation. Feel free to add a fan or two to keep air circulating.

4. Dry the flowers for two weeks. Or dry them until the flowers are completely dry and the stems have become brittle.

5. Remove the rubber band and display your flowers as you wish.

Keep in mind that drying flowers takes patience and that your flowers won’t be ready for displaying within a few days. Inf act, the bigger the flower the longer it takes to dry. So, for example, roses will take much longer than baby’s breath.

In addition, remember that drying flowers isn’t going to keep them around forever. They will eventually need to be thrown out. If you want them to last indefinitely, you’ll need to go through the preserving process and not just the drying process.

Babys breath blossoming

Frequently Asked Questions

Does hairspray work to dry baby’s breath?

Yes. Hairspray is another way to dry flowers and it works relatively well, as long as it’s done properly and the sprayed flowers are cared for correctly afterwards.

How long will my dried flowers last?

Flowers that are dried and then kept away from moisture will last 1-3 years. If they are kept in a protective casing, however, they can last as long as 10 years.

How do I dust my dried flowers?

Instead of using your Swiffer or a dust cloth on your delicate flowers, dust them by using the coolest setting of a blow dry dryer. This is much gentler than actually touching the flowers.

When is the best time to dry flowers?

The best time to dry flowers is the driest season you get wherever you live. Flower drying can be done anytime, though.

Can I dry flowers in a microwave?

Yes. However, this method is known for damaging flowers.