Soil is the lifeline of plants. Apart from providing water and nutrients, soil also stabilizes plants by acting as a foundation. However, sometimes the soil is not rich in water and nutrients, nor is it firm enough to supply stability to plants. If this is the case, you need to make a more appropriate soil mix for your plant.
After experimentation, I perfected a soil mix for my succulents. You can create a brilliant succulent soil mix by using ingredients like garden soil, coarse sand, perlite, and coconut coir.
Now that we know the benefits and properties of soil best suited for succulents let’s make some for your plants from scratch!
You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own soil for succulents. To do that, you would need:
Common garden soil is a household element. But if you live in an apartment, you can easily find it in the nearest park or garden. Similarly, coarse sand is also available in some households. If you don’t have it, you can easily get it here. You can cheaply perlite too.
After you have all the ingredients, mix three parts of common soil with two parts of coarse sand and one part of perlite. And boom! You have the magic soil for your succulent.
You can dilute coffee grounds with water and add them in your pot as a natural manure.
For this recipe, you will mix three parts of common soil with two parts of coarse sand. But this time around, add one-part coconut coir. Coconut coir is shredded husks of coconut that will improve the drainage capabilities of your soil. You can easily get it here
In this recipe, you will replace the 1 part coconut coir with turface. Turface is a clay product that will help in aeration and moisture control. With turface in your mix, your succulent will blossom like never before. You can get turface here
Soil provides 17 of the most common nutrients essential for the growth of any plant
Different soils mean soils with varying compositions and ratios of nutrients. In general, succulents like soil that does not hold moisture. As sand is known for its ability to absorb moisture, the soil for your succulent must have it.
If you are making soil for garden succulents, make sure that the place is not wet all the time. Selecting a higher spot in your garden for succulents is a good idea. When it comes to nutrients, your garden succulents will require no fertilizers at all.
For indoor succulents, it is better to have holes in your pot. Proper drainage will help in keeping the soil drier. To get sufficient nutrients, indoor succulents need fertilizers. Mainly, any solution having nitrogen is recommended for indoor succulents.
Beware! Excess nitrogen can actually harm your succulents. So, be moderate!
Apart from keeping your plant healthy, making your own soil for succulents has other benefits as well.
Ready-made soils for plants are readily available. However, they are also heavy on pocket. From my experience, off-the-shelf soil for your succulent will cost you at least twice as much as their homemade counterparts.
Making your own soil will cut your cost in half
Apart from saving money, you will also be doing yourself a favor by making your own soil. Using organic fertilizers will keep you safe from the side effects of toxic chemicals. This is especially important in the case of indoor plants. You don’t want unnecessary exposure to chemicals, that too, while sitting in your room.
Finally, making your own soil will give you the liberty to experiment with the ingredients. You will be able to change ratios of contents as per the requirements of your plant and external conditions, i.e., light, temperature, humidity, etc.
Soil is vital for your plants. If you give them the best soil, they will provide you with happiness. To make that best soil, you need ordinary garden soil, coarse sand, and either perlite, coconut coir, or turface. All you have to do is mix two parts soil and sand, each with one part of perlite, coconut coir, or turface. And you don’t need any expensive off-the-shelf soils for your plants.
As mentioned earlier, every plant likes different soil. For example, check out this article that mainly talks about choosing the best soil for cacti.
My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!
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