Mix of organic and inorganic components
The concentrated nutrient load of conventional potting soil is not suitable for succulent plants. In their habitats, the drought specialists thrive in poor, permeable soil. To make succulent soil yourself, the following recipes have proven to be effective:
- Basic recipe that almost always fits: 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts inorganic, fine-grained admixture
- 3 parts of cactus soil, 2 parts of lava granulate (€ 13.76 at Amazon *) or expanded clay, (€ 17.50 at Amazon *) 1 part of lime-free quartz sand
- 3 parts pricking earth, 1 part coconut fibers, 1 part seramis, 1 part lime-free quartz sand (€ 14.90 at Amazon *) or Zeolite
If it is a majestic succulent, add a few handfuls of loamy garden soil to stabilize it. Succulent leaf cacti from the rainforest are grateful for the addition of acidic leaf compost and fine-grained pine bark.