Succulents are a lot easier to grow and require very little care as long as you feed them with proper nutrients. However, an excessively moist environment can lead its root to rot. This is where an infection develops and spreads through the plant.
You don’t want your plant at the risk of rotting. Here we have discussed some qualities that you need to take care of before choosing the best soil for succulents.
What qualities to check in Succulents
Overwatering is a major cause that leads to death for succulents. So, the first quality to check in the soil is effective draining.
Drainage depends on a lot on the temperature of the region. For example, drier regions require 7-10 days for a dry out. Whereas, a colder region may require 2 weeks or more for complete dry out.
The type of pot also plays a major role in deciding its ability to release moisture.
The best type of pot is made of terracotta that supports the evaporation from the soil. Another good option can be ceramic which has not undergone the glazing process. Also, make sure your pot has a good drain hole; that allows excess water to flow out.
What should be organic to the mineral component?
The succulents get the nutrients from the organic components, whereas mineral helps in improving the level of drainage in the soil; Based on different factors such as dryness or soil texture. The ratio of inorganic to mineral component should be 60% to 20%.
Best examples of Organic material
- Pine Bark
- Coconut coir
Best examples of Mineral Ingredient
- Volcanic Rock
- Coarse Sand
- Fine Grave
Note: Try not to use minerals that absorb water. For example: Non-calcined-clay.
Soil Texture and its Porosity
The composition of soil affects the drainage and is determined by the grit size of the soil. Example- Sand(largest), Slit, and Clay(smallest).
If you want to plant it outdoors, we recommend mixing 50% to 80% fine gravel with the sandy loam.
If you want to keep it in the pot, try adding coarse grit components of lesser diameter in size of about, one-half to a quarter an inch.
For indoor planting, we recommend choosing a particle that is around 6 mm. Also, you can add the following ingredients to improve the drainage.
- Crushed Granite
- Pine Bark Fines