How to Prepare Soil for Succulents?

Succulents are very delicate plants. It is not easy to take care of succulent plants. Improper watering or lighting may damage the plant.

Improper soil for succulents is one of the major reasons why succulents die. In this article, we will see how to prepare soil for succulents.

What kind of soil in needed for succulents?

The soil needed for succulents is made such that it should hold water for a short duration. It should drain out water quickly so the roots won’t rot. Hence the soil with good drainage is necessary for succulent plants. These are the basic soil requirements for succulents.

How to make succulent soil?

We require some ingredients for the preparation of succulent soil. It is not possible to all times to find all ingredients at your place.

I will be discussing different soil mixtures for succulents so that you can make succulent soil at your own easily.

You can choose any of the following mixture type depending on the availability of ingredients.

Succulent soil Mixture – 1

  • Garden Soil – 30%
  • Perlite – 20%
  • River Sand – 30%
  • Leaf Mold Compost – 20%

Succulent soil Mixture – 2

  • Coal Cinder (made from soft coal) – 80%
  • Neem Cake (also called Neem Khali) – 9%
  • Leaf Mold Compost – 9%
  • Castor Cake – 2%

Succulent soil Mixture – 3

  • Garden Soil – 30%
  • River Sand or Construction Sand – 30%
  • Gravel Pebbles or Chips (Stones or Granite or Marble) – 10%
  • Leaf Mold Compost – 10%
  • Neem Cake Powder – 10%
  • Perlite and/or Charcoal or Biocharcoal – 10%

Succulent soil Mixture – 4

  • River Sand – 40%
  • Leaf Mold Compost – 20%
  • Perlite – 20%
  • Charcoal – 10%
  • Neem Cake – 5%
  • Bone meal – 5%

Succulent soil Mixture – 5

  • River Sand – 45%
  • Vermicompost or Leaf Mold Compost (properly decomposed) – 45%
  • Bone meal + Neem Cake = 10%
  • Fungicide – small amount

The above soil mixtures assure proper drainage, and nutrients rich soil for succulents. This is how you can prepare the soil for succulents.

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