Are your succulents giving you trouble? Everybody says succulents are the easiest plants to grow, but I have found that is not always the case!
There are so many tips for growing succulents but one that I have found to help tremendously is making my own homemade succulent soil.
Making homemade succulent soil is fun and easy. Plus, it is often times cheaper and most importantly, it will help your succulents thrive!
Why Make Homemade Succulent Soil
As you have probably discovered, succulents can be tough little plants. They don’t need much water but they also cannot be over watered! Some need shade, full sun, or partial sun. The list of needs goes on and on.
So where do you begin?
I have spent hours and hours reading about the care of different succulents and even though I am constantly learning, I do not always have the time to research every new succulent before planting it.
So the first thing I do no matter what, is plant my succulents in homemade succulent soil. Therefore, no matter what the other conditions may be, I will at least have my succulents planted in good succulent soil.
How to Make Homemade Succulent Soil
Making homemade succulent soil provides your succulents with a perfect well draining soil mixture that is sure to get your succulents off to a great start. What I use is half Bonsai Jack Pumice and half Coconut Coir .
I prefer to buy Bonsai Jack Pumice over any other brand because Bonsai Jack products are state inspected and tested. That ensures that the product is free of pathogens that could end up killing plants. Plus, the pieces of pumice are all uniformly 1/4″ which is ideal for a succulent soil mix.
Bags of pumice from other companies tend to have crushed up pumice along with larger pieces, causing a large portion to go to waste.
When you first get a coconut coir brick you will need to submerge it in water to expand. An 11 pound brick will end up making around 2 cubic feet of material.
First, you need to place the coconut coir brick into a large container to ensure that the brick has plenty of room to expand.
Note: I put the coconut coir brick into a 55 gallon trash can.
Next, you will add water on to the coconut coir brick until it is fully expanded.
Then, you will need to measure out an equal amount of coconut coir and pumice. Then thoroughly mix the two ingredients together.
For example, if you are filling a 2 gallon pot, you will add 1 gallon of pumice and 1 gallon of coconut coir.
Finally, you will have made the perfect homemade succulent soil that is ready to plant succulents in!