Do succulents need a lot of soil?
Succulents need good draining soil. When planting in the garden, make sure the area drains well and is not in a low spot that would stay wet. For container planting you can purchase cactus soil or incorporate sand, gravel or volcanic rock for better drainage.
An example of a good succulent soil mix is 2 parts by volume of a potting soil, 1 part perlite, and 1 part small size gravel, e.g., pumice, turface, or crushed granite (“gran-i-grit”, a Southern States' product for chickens). Even simpler is a 1:1 mixture of potting soil and perlite.
- Rather than giving your succulents sips of water here and there, give them a good soaking—to the point the water runs out the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Be sure to empty the water that runs into the saucer beneath the plant pot. Then let the soil dry out completely before watering again.
- If water drains from the hole in 10 minutes or less, you have fast drainage. If the water takes an hour or more to drain, you have poorly drained soil. Improve soil drainage by building raised beds or by adding organic matter to existing soil in the form of well-rotted manure, compost, or peat moss.
- Add one gallon of moist, coarse sphagnum peat moss, followed by one gallon of coarse sand, perlite, or vermiculite. Adjust the texture of the medium to create a loose, well-drained mixture. Sand feels gritty and clay feels sticky. If the potting soil feels too sandy, more peat moss should be added.
3. Sunlight. In general, succulents do best in bright but indirect sunlight. I've found that different species can tolerate different amounts of light, but most of my plants tend to suffer in extended periods of direct sunlight.
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- Allow soil to dry between waterings in the winter. Avoid splashing water on the leaves while watering. If shedding or brown spots occur on the leaves, it is an indication that the plant needs more water. Jade plants may be fertilized three to four times a year with a standard liquid houseplant fertilizer.
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Soil: Succulents and cacti thrive in well draining, porous soils. Gravel or expanded shale can be added to the bottom of the container to help increase drainage. A basic, sandy potting soil mixed with vermiculite makes a great succulent mix! If your container does not have a drainage hole, you will need to water less.
- Your plants should be watered once per week, and 2-3 times is recommended for optimal care. A longer, 2-hour soak is recommended every 2-3 weeks. If you are in a drier, hotter climate, more frequent watering or misting will be needed.
- They are easy-to-please houseguests and survive indoor conditions with minimal effort. Succulents survive dry indoor environments thanks to special adaptations – fleshy leaves, thick stems or enlarged roots – that allow the plants to hoard water. Most people are familiar with cacti, which are a type of succulent.
- Soil and Water. In keeping with its need for adequate drainage, aloe vera needs a well-draining soil as a container plant. During the warm months of the year when temperatures are above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, water aloe vera about once a week.
Updated: 16th October 2019