6 Best Fertilizers for Succulents (Review)

Thick, supple and firm leaves are the ultimate features of a healthy succulent. Sure, watering your succulent and keeping it out of too much sun will enhance its growth. Keeping it thriving, that is the ultimate goal. To achieve that, it helps if you feed your succulent with excellent fertilizer.

The key is to get the right balance between the fertilizer for your succulents, and the water you are feeding it. Excessive watering, all the nutrients within the fertilizer will be flushed out. Too little water, and you may end up creating problems with the roots and leaves from the fertilizer. Here are the 6 best fertilizers for succulents— meeting a wide variety of needs.

 

6 Best Fertilizers for Succulents
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Dr. Earth Premium Gold Pure & Natural Fertilizer

This is the ideal fertilizer to use for your plants when you notice it changing color by turning pale or going yellow. This fertilizer has nitrogen and also adds potassium and phosphorous to the soil. It has a concentration of 10-10-10, meaning 10% nitrogen, 10% potassium, and 10% phosphorus. The nitrogen works wonders on the leaves, the potassium is excellent to help succulent fight disease, and the phosphorus helps with healthy root growth and will help flowers bloom. 

You need to be careful when mixing this fertilizer though, to make sure that it is not too concentrated. If it is, it could burn up the roots and destroy them, killing off your plants. Ideally, you should take about one teaspoon of this fertilizer and then mix it in with a gallon of water. Use this fertilizer when you are watering your plants, instead of plain water. Make sure it is nice and hot so that the roots can absorb their nutrients.

 

Organic Worms

If you are interested in a fertilizer that is totally organic, then get yourself a few wiggly worms. Worms release worm castings, which is their nutrient-rich waste. You can have the worms growing in a small container and feed them on small vegetable wastes to get them to release the castings. In fact, these have more than 60 different nutrients including carbon, calcium, nitrogen, magnesium and more.

Use worm castings to balance the pH of the soil for your succulents, making it easier for them to soak up all those delightful nutrients. When potting your succulent, all you need to do is mix in the worm castings with your soil.

Our Pick
Red Wiggler Earthworms
$34.99

Live, healthy red wiggler earthworms. Grown in Sustainable Conditions. Great for composting and producing quality castings for fertilizer.


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Grow Better Organic Cactus & Succulent Fertilizer

To give your succulents food for an extended period of time, you need a slow-release fertilizer and the offering from Grow Better is an excellent choice. Once you have applied it, it takes at least two months to release all the nutrients into the soil. This means that it will be feeding your succulents for a long time, keeping the roots healthy and helping it thrive through the growing season. It is ideal for using on succulents indoors as well as outdoors and works well with a variety of different soils. You can choose how you want to use it— either by mixing it in with potting soil or adding it to your top dressing.

Our Pick
GrowBetter Organic Cactus & Succulent Fertilizer
$8.89

Great slow-release for indoor & outdoor cacti and succulents. Can be pre-mixed with potting soils or top-dressed. OMRI Listed.


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Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food

Liquid fertilizer is an excellent option for giving your succulents a health boost. It seeps deep into the soil, offering lasting nourishment to thirsty roots. Miracle-Gro succulent plant food is the best option if you have succulents that are looking a little bit under the weather. It offers an instant boost to them, restoring them back to health in record time. This succulent fertilizer comes concentrated, so you would need to read the directions carefully to make sure you get your mix right for your soil.


Our Pick
Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food
$15.21

Made for all cacti, jade, aloe, and other popular succulents.

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Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea

You might be tempted to create your own manure tea, however, choosing a quality one will be so much better for your plants. Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea has been perfectly balanced to ensure there is nothing within it that will burn your plants. You prepare it just as you would a cup of tea – steep into some water so that the nutrients go out. It needs to sit in the water for at least 24 hours, though a little more would be better. The color of the water will be brown. Then, when the soil is dry on your plants, use this solution to water them.

Just like a tea bag, you can use this twice, though the second time around, you need to let it steep for twice the time.

Our Pick
Manuretea Horse Manure Tea
$12.95

Your house plants, container plants, vegetable garden, shrubs, lawns will thrive when you condition the soil with Haven’s Natural Brew Tea.

 

Did this article help answer your succulent-care questions? We sure hope so! If you still have questions then look around our site. Here at Succulent City, we are a small team devoted to aiding all succulent lovers. We even created a line of ebook guides! Check out our in-depth tips on Replanting Practices to Keep Your Succulents Safe or even Best Lighting Practices for Succulent Growth today.

 


When you are planning to fertilize your succulents, there is one thing that you should keep in mind— the weather. In the winter, you will be giving your plants a break from the water, so it makes sense to give them a break from fertilizer too. Check out “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter” for a more detailed explanation. Make sure that you fertilize your plants when you know they’re growing actively. This will prevent harmful salts from building up in the soil. This would ideally be in the summer when they thrive through the heat. Feeding your succulents with fertilizer three times a year is more than enough to ensure they remain healthy.

Choose the succulent of your choice and ensure that your succulents have all the right nutrients to help them grow. It is rumored that these plants do not need any fertilizers added to the soil. No doubt, they may survive without them, but survival is not enough. Give them the best possible chance to thrive with and of these six amazing fertilizers.

Thank you for reading! Make sure to leave a comment telling us which fertilizer works best in your experience. You should join us in our exclusive Facebook Group, Succulent City Plant Lounge, where succulent enthusiasts, like yourself, share experiences, tips, and photos to help inspire your inner- gardener!

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