At this point, we are going to primarily focus on the idea of home-made potting soil for your very own succulent plants. Now, the idea of making your very own potting soil is going to be something that you may very well be rather nervous about but as you will see it is actually a lot easier to do than you were perhaps aware. In all honesty, if you are able to follow just some simple instructions then there is no reason for you to be concerned about doing this and can just look forward to impressive results later on.
1. Understanding the Needs for Succulent Plants.
The first thing that we need to do is to look at what succulent plants need when it comes to the soil that is being used for them to grow in. Each type of plant does need some very specific soil requirements and succulents are no different. Getting to grips with what they are looking for is then going to have a major positive impact on the way in which they then grow and you do want those plants to thrive, don’t you?
So, when understanding what they need there are four key areas to focus on.
· The soil has to be very well-draining.
Perhaps the most important thing is that the soil needs to be very well-draining for them to really survive. You see, they grow in warm and arid conditions so the last thing that they are going to need is to sit in soil that holds onto moisture for extended periods of time and have their feet wet constantly. The soil has to be light and if required add in sand or perlite to help things out.
· Make sure air can get in.
Air to the roots is also important or else these plants can develop root rot and that is going to spell the end of the plant as you know it. Air is important so you cannot even use a plastic container for them as this stops air getting in. Ventilation is going to reduce the amount of moisture that is being kept in the soil so it does then help to produce better plants.
· The soil cannot be dense.
If you have never heard about soil density then let us explain. In this instance, it cannot be too dense as dense soil holds onto the moisture for longer than is required and that is not going to be a good thing for the health of the plant. You see, it has to be light and able to be crumbled up as this also allows a lot of air to pass through it.
· It needs to be quite fertile.
This is also important as the soil does need to be quite fertile although at the same time you cannot overdo it or else this is also going to work against the plants. It must have the correct balance of nutrients so for this you might want to add in the correct levels or organic matter as this can then be broken down and used by the plants.
2. So Why make the Soil?
At the same time as being aware of what these plants look for with soil we have to really discuss why you would even want to go ahead and make your own soil in the first place. After all, it sounds like a lot of work and you end up getting pretty much the same reward at the end, but is that actually the case? Once again, there are four very important points that need to be discussed.
· It is actually cheaper.
This one is often surprising to a lot of people but this approach is often cheaper than going out and purchasing some of the premium potting mixes that are out there. Now, we are also talking about it happening on a larger scale as well because you can make as much or as little as you want but there is no doubt that you can save money when dealing with quantity. OK, as you will see later on we are still getting you to buy some potting soil, but with the changes that you then make to it you are going to get it lasting for longer and also give you the perfect mix for your succulents.
· It is easier to do than you think.
Making your own home-made compost is like following a recipe for making a cake. You get the ingredients, you get the quantities, you mix them together and by the end of it all you have the soil. There is absolutely nothing else to it and no special equipment is required. It really is just a case of mixing things together in those amounts and then get to work with potting up your plants.
· It involves the use of safer ingredients.
When you make your own potting soil you know exactly what is going in it every step of the way. This is huge because you then know the ingredients are absolutely safe and that it is completely organic. You have no idea what has actually gone into the ready-made compost that you are potentially looking at and that can be a problem for some people. Some commercial potting soils have granite, crushed up brick and even pieces of plastic thrown in and that is not exactly going to be good for your plants.
· You can ultimately create the absolute perfect growing environment.
As you are dealing with succulent plants it is easy for you to determine the perfect soil that they need in order to thrive. By making your own soil it does also then mean that you can effectively tailor make the soil so that it is full of the correct nutrients, has the correct drainage, allows the correct amount of ventilation and so much more. As a result, the plants are going to love their growing environment leading to better growth.
3. The Items for Making Your Own Potting Soil.
After explaining why this is a good option to take, we need to discuss how you go ahead and make your own DIY potting soil. Now, some recipes are going to follow, but at this point we are going to mention the items that you need in order to go ahead and produce something that your plants are going to love.
· A trowel or spade to mix things together.
· Fine sand.
· Sometimes some manure.
· Light organic potting soil
As you can see, the list is not exactly extensive and yet the way in which you combine these different ‘ingredients’ is going to have an impact on the way that your succulents are then able to really grow. However, you still need to know how to mix them together because it is important to get the proportions correct just as you need to do with any recipe.
4. Some Recipes to Try Out.
In order to make your very own potting soil there are various combinations that you are going to be able to produce that are going to be loved by your succulents. Now, you do not have to measure things out as accurate as possible as getting close enough is going to be more than adequate.
The first recipe is as follows.
· Half of organic potting mix.
· Half of an inorganic material such as perlite to aid with drainage.
This is easy and you should look for a potting mix that is specifically for plants in dry conditions as that is already going to provide you with the perfect base from which you can then start mixing the ingredients at home.
Another recipe that a number of people often mix will include.
· 3 parts of your organic potting soil.
· 2 parts of sand.
· 1 part of perlite.
This recipe really is going to result in some soil that has fantastic drainage which is, of course, what these plants are looking for. You need to be aware that normal compost is going to use peat moss as a base for the compost and that does not just soak up moisture but it holds onto it and the roots of the plant are just going to rot. The key with your own potting mix, as can be seen in those two recipes, is that you need everything to be well draining or else you are just not going to be able to provide the perfect growing environment for your plants.
So, that is what you need to know about home-made potting soil for you succulent plants and when you browse over everything again you will see that there really is nothing too difficult for you to try to comprehend. In actual fact, it should be so much easier than you imagined and the only thing that is left for you to do is to step forward and have a go yourself.