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I have been trying to grow cacti & succulents for about a year but I've not been very successful especially with succulents. I've been mixing my own potting mix but I'm not very happy with it. Does anyone have a recipe they use they would share? thanks.
 
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On a site called cactiguide.com there is a good recipe/formula for cactus soil there. I think that would be a good one to try. Cactus doesn't need a lot of organic soil, just a little. so this sounded good.


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Posts: 7866 | Location: Black Creek, WI Zone 5 | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Fine Gardening magazine has this about soil for cacti.
http://www.finegardening.com/v...cacti-and-succulents


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Thanks for the helpful info. I've got some new succulents to repot & anxious to try a new mix.
 
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I use a bagged mix for "cactus & palms" for my succulents and baby sago palms. I haven't had any failures to date.


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Posts: 7548 | Location: Highland, CA Zone 9b  | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I used a bagged mix when I first started growing succulents or I should say "tried". Then I started reading more & most websites say bagged soil is not good. I've tried so many different mixes now I'm really confused. I probably should go back to bagged soil although it doesn't drain well for me. thanks for reply.
 
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If you buy a commercial, ready made, potting soil for Cacti you need to be sure it states on the bag something about Cactus Growing Mix. Just any soilless potting mix will not do for succulents.


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Depends on your weather and humidity if you are leaving your plants outside. I use much less soil and more sand for my mix. It's rains a lot and is very hot and humid down here. I'm sure those of you up north or for inside pots the mix would need to be adjusted.


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Posts: 7577 | Location: Central Florida | Registered: Feb 12, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Thank you. The last mix I used for succulents was 1 part cacti soil & 1 part pumice or grit. That didn't work well either. I know succulents are supposed to be easy to grow but I can't seem to find the right mix. I'm careful not to overwater. Now I'm getting paranoid about them, LOL!
 
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