3 Super Easy Homemade Succulent Soil Recipes
That Will Nurture Your Plant!

When it comes to plants, good soil is good life. But finding nutrient-rich soil for your plants can be difficult. Well, this will no longer be an issue. I will guide you to perfect your succulent soil by using these super easy homemade techniques.

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April 12, 2021

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Soil is the lifeline of any plant. Apart from providing water and nutrients, soil also stabilizes plants. But every soil is not rich in water and nutrients. Nor it is firm enough to supply stability to plants. Often foreign elements in form of fertilizers are used to enrich the soil.

Soil provides 17 of the most common nutrients essential for the growth of any plant

When it comes to indoor plants, fertilizers are not preferred for their known side effects. Moreover, every plant requires different nutrients in different quantities. Therefore, if you have succulents in your room or garden, you might love some organic fuels for your plants.

After several hit and trials, I perfected soil for my succulents. You can do that too with common household ingredients: garden soil, coarse sand; and any of perlite, turface, or coconut coir.

Soil which Succulents Love

As mentioned earlier, every plant likes different soil. For example, check out this article that particularly talks about how to choose best soil for cacti.

The Perfect Soil For Your Succulent! Find Out How to Choose One.

Are you wondering what makes your succulent rot? Well, the answer is pretty simple: the wrong type of soil. Knowing that “effective drainage” is the factor that makes the soil best suited for succulents’ growth will help you choose the perfect soil for your succulent.

Different soils mean soils with varying composition 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.

Garden Succulents

If you are making soil for garden succulents, just make sure the place is not wet all the time. Selecting a higher spot in your garden for succulents won’t be a bad idea. When it comes to nutrients, your garden succulents will require no fertilizers at all.

Indoor Succulents

For indoor succulents, it is better to have holes in your pot. This will further help in keeping the soil of your plant dry. For nutrients, indoor succulents may require fertilizers. Particularly, anything having nitrogen is what indoor succulent will love.

Beware! Excess of nitrogen can actually harm your succulents. So, be moderate!

In case you are still interested

Making Your Own Soil: The Benefits

Apart from keeping your plant healthy, making your own soil for succulents has other benefits as well.

You Will Save Money

Ready-made soils for plants are easily 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 more than making your own.

Making your own soil will cut your cost in half

You Will be Healthy

Apart from saving money, you will also be doing good to your health by making your own soil. Using organic fertilizers will keep you safe from the side effects of toxic chemicals. This is especially important in case of indoor plants. You don’t want unnecessary exposure to chemicals, that too while sitting in your room.

You Will be in Control

Finally, making your own soil will give you 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.

3 Easy Soil Recipes for your Succulents

Now that we know the benefits and properties of soil best suited for succulents, let’s make some for your plants from scratch!

The Perlite Magic

You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own soil for succulents. To do that, you would need:

  • Common garden soil
  • Coarse sand
  • Perlite


Common garden soil is a household element. But in case you are living in an apartment, you can easily find it in 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 buy perlite too.

Coarse Sand

After you have all the ingredients, mix 3 parts of common soil with 2 parts of coarse sand and 1 part of perlite. And boom! You have the magic soil for you succulent. Please don’t forget to use pots with holes. Here is where you can get them:

Pro Tip

You can dilute coffee grounds with water and add them in your pot as a natural manure.

One with Coconut Coir

For this recipe, you will again mix 3 parts of common soil with 2 parts of coarse sand. But this time around, add one-part coconut coir. Coconut coir are shredded husks of coconut that will improve the drainage capabilities of your soil. You can easily get it here

Coconut Coir

The Trio with Turface

In this case, 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 is vital for your plants. Succulents are particularly picky with their soil. You give them best soil, they will give you happiness. To make that best soil, you need common garden soil, coarse sand, and either of perlite, coconut coir, or turface. 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. Once you are done planting your succulent, you might want to check out how to water them. Here are your guides:

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

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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Jimena Bolívar

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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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