Succulent Soil Types

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To grow succulents’ plants, you need different soil from other plants. Several variables decide the right soil for safe, beautiful plants indoors or out. Using the wrong soil form, and you will find yourself endlessly solving problems with care.

Succulents are pretty and lively, but often they can be very picky. Succulents are very selective with their soil, unlike your typical indoor vine, and that’s possibly what makes them so unique.

If you’re an old succulent veteran or a new kid on the succulent block, it will take a long way to get the preliminaries right the first time in your succulent adventures. And nothing more than the form of soil used affects growing succulents.

Succulents, these beautiful, lush, little aliens, don’t get along with the mundane, traditional soil of gardening too well. It’s overrated and a little dull, they think, at least in its pure form.

What Type Of Soil Do Succulents Need?

Succulent is a plant that mostly has dense, fleshy stems and leaves. It tends to store water as an adaptation. In other words, succulents are desert-denizens. Therefore, they have recently been tamed by their peculiar yet stunning looks to spice up the living room décor, using minimalistic planters.

These plants are native to Africa, Central America, Mexico, and some of Europe’s desert regions. They have lived all their lives in the hot and dry desert and thus have a few survival hacks to fight a desert life. Their ability to store water is one of these special adaptations.

You see, in the mountains, it rarely rains. And it pours as it does, very literally. In the subsequent weeks, succulents store this water in their leaves and stem for use until it rains again. So their roots don’t suck up water all the time for succulents since they’ve always got plenty tucked away in their leaves. 

This backs up the type of soil found in the desert. It is sandy, and the hot weather helps drain the water quickly, so with excessive water, succulents do not stay on the soil.

Not only is damp, unnecessary soil is also harmful because it can lead to root rot and a host of pests, not to mention the fungal diseases that follow wet soil.

So what kind of succulent soil is cool?

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Succulent Soil Should Be Well-Draining

It sure had to be at the top of the list. (We discuss this lot because of how important it is if you’ve been reading our recent articles). There is just a catastrophic mixture of succulents and moist soil.

You want to end up with soil that will drain well and rapidly while creating your succulent potting mix. The best substrate for growing succulents is loose and grainy soil.

Your Succulent Soil Needs to Have Good Aeration

It is necessary to have some room for the roots to breathe. Not only would this make the absorption of soil and nutrients easier, but it will also create a sustainable atmosphere for beneficial soil microorganisms.

Non-Compacting and Breathable Succulent Soil

Sticky and compact soil for succulents is awful. The roots dislike it because it holds moisture for long periods and makes it impossible for the plant to breathe.

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Use of Coffee Grounds in Soil

Excessive Nutrients in Succulent Soil

It sounds pretty crazy, but it’s real. Soil that contains too many nutrients, especially nitrogen, can lead to skinny, frail, and nasty plants. No one ever likes goofy-looking plants of this kind, do they?

What Makes A Good Soil For Succulents?

When we choose the best soil for succulents, our primary objective is to ensure that it has good drainage. That means we’re based on the ‘humidity’ portion of the above list.

What is soil drainage, first of all? Simply put, that’s how easily water leaves the ground. Some of the water should come out of the bottom of the pot. This should be after you water a plant, but most of it will remain in the soil. The water must either be taken up or evaporated into the air by the plant.

Succulents and cacti, as it turns out, need different soil than ordinary houseplants. Many houseplants are tropical plants. They’re originally from a region with a lot of rain and humidity in the atmosphere, presumably. Their soil is often naturally rich in nutrients.

Succulents, on the other hand, are known to be from deserts. They grow in dry regions with low rain and poor soil quality. The soil is possibly coarse and rough there and lacks nutrients.

Undoubtedly, recreating their natural situations as closely as possible is typically best. However, you might be shocked that an essential thing to copy is not the number of nutrients they receive; it’s the water amount.

Criteria For Choosing The Best Succulent Soil

In the succulent soil, let’s start by talking about what you should be looking for.

The best soil in pots for succulents can retain ample water to absorb what they need, but it also dries out quickly so that the roots do not rot.

Water from the air around them is absorbed by succulents, not by direct touch.

Sitting in moist soil continuously causes their roots to rot because they get too much water. The cells in the roots and leaves gradually break apart, allowing the plant to die.

Soil may be dried out by many environmental factors, so different soil types would be better suited for different growing areas.

In deciding what kind of soil your succulents’ need, the region where you live, as well as the place where you hold your succulents, will play a role.

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How Do You Know If The Drainage Of The Soil Is Adequate?

Since we understand that soil drainage is an essential aspect of succulents, we know how to make it happen. But how much drainage is sufficient?

Your succulent soil needs to be dry in a day or two after irrigation as a rule of thumb. And I’m staying dry—dry bone.

There is an easy way of measuring how dry the soil is. Stick your finger one or two inches into the soil in the cup. Not only does it feel dry but warm as well. If it feels “cool,” it is probably merely slightly damp, and you misunderstand the feeling. If the pot has been filled out by your succulent, it can be challenging to verify soil dampness and could use more space for the mass of roots. You would have to consider repotting the succulent one.

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Choosing The Right Soil For Succulents

That might sound awful, but it isn’t that difficult to select the right soil for the succulents. Only decrease the quantity of organic matter and use the effective watering techniques that we discussed.

Each succulent species seems to have its own unique needs and wants, but 99 percent of them are cool with almost the same soil. To be sure, after being placed into the new soil, watch how a plant responds and change your treatment accordingly.

It can be challenging to grow unique succulent plants, but the Fat Plants can be magical if you get the best soil type. 

A well-drained and nutrient-rich eco-system that succulents need to grow and thrive is all a succulent plant need. You will be proud of growing sound root systems, healthy fleshy green stems, and lovely colourful blooms for your succulents when you choose your soil wisely.

For selecting the right succulent soil, the Succulent City team has published this book: The Best Soil Recommendations for Your Succulent. The book is all about how to choose the right soil for your lovely succulent, all knowledge needed from the most fundamental to expertise level information. You can buy this ebook in the SC shop. For the ultimate pack of Succulent knowledge, find it here! Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you around soon on