Last Updated: 02/25/2010
Succulents are very tough plants. They will tolerate very poor soils but if you want them to grow and thrive, a good quality potting soil is a good investment for your succulent garden.
- Always buy good quality potting soil
- Avoid cheap or "Store brand" soils
- Soil should have:
- Peat Moss
- Perlite or Wood Chips
- Avoid soils that already contain fertilizer
You get what you pay for in potting soil. Some store brands of potting soil contain strange fillers that don't add either organic matter or drainage. Cheap potting soil may also risk bringing insects into your container or garden.
A well drained, organic based soil is ideal for succulents to thrive in. Soil is normally a mixture of an organic matter like peat moss, a drainage enhancer like sand, and an aerator like Perlite or bark.
In general, you should avoid brands of potting soil with fertilizer included in them. Most of these brands contain a peletized or bead-like fertilizer that is released at every watering. When used outdoors in rainy areas, this constant release wastes fertilizer by constantly releasing more than the plants can use. It is best to regulate your own fertilizer schedule.