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.
Succulent Soil Ingredients and Mixing
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.
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 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.
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.