Today we are going to use perlite, potting soil, and coarse sand to achieve the perfect mix. These supplies should be readily available at your local garden center or greenhouse. Here is what they look like and what they bring to the mix.
Perlite looks like this and is great for improving drainage and helps prevent the compaction of the soil, it is also a great “space filler” and helps make sure your succulent soil doesn’t hold too much water.
Coarse sand is what can be bought as coarse sand at most home improvement stores or garden centers or Amazon. It has all sorts of sized particles and small rocks in it that, like the perlite, help prevent compaction and improve drainage in your succulent mix. It also helps mimic the kinds of sandy and rocky soils many succulents naturally grow in.
Soil Mix Ratio
- 5 parts perlite
- 4 parts bagged potting soil
- 1 part coarse sand
- Pinch of rock dust
Mixing your DIY potting soil for succulents is super easy. All you need to do is dump everything into your mixing container (bucket, potting tray, wheelbarrow… whatever) and stir it all together.
Use a trowel, or your hands to mix it. Just make sure the ingredients are evenly mixed once you’re done.
That’s it. Told you it was easy to make your own potting soil for succulents.