Succulents are perfect additions to any home in warm weather. They are hardy, easy to care for, and require very little water. Soil for succulents is unique, as they require a soil mixture with a high amount of rocks or coarse sand. To prevent overwatering, plant your succulent in a perforated pot, adding a layer of gravel to the button of your pot. Being plants native to the desert, most succulents require very little water, sometimes as little as once a month. Some species of cactus can live for up to two hundred years in the wild. With care, around six hours of sunlight per day, and the right soil for succulents, a succulent garden can be with you for years or even decades
Cacti add character to an outside garden and even a home interior. If you want to add a cactus to your collection, we recommend the Golden Barrel cactus. This species of cactus flowers beautifully in spring time. It requires infrequent watering, sunlight, and very little else to thrive.
Succulents are the main ingredients for many popular products. Aloe vera is used as a pain reliever for burns, and can also be made into a juice beverage. The agave plant is used to make tequila, a liquor popular in Mexico and the United States. The stalk of the yucca can be fried or boiled and eaten. The fruit of the prickly pear cactus is very sweet, and can be eaten right off the plant. More experienced planters may want to try cultivating their own ingredients for succulent-based recipes.
We understand, succulents are easy to fall in love with. But people aren’t the only ones interested in these special plants. A number of pests also want them, for feeding and egg-laying. Luckily a few simple steps can be taken to keep your succulents happy, healthy, and free of uninvited guests.
- Maintain your succulents in recommended conditions for their species. This includes guidelines for sunlight, watering, and draining. Overwatering can make your succulent susceptible to fungal infections, which can in turn attract fungus gnats.
- Quarantine new plants before introducing them to the rest. Separate new plants and inspect them for signs of pests who stowed away on your succulent. When you have verified that the new plant is free of pests, add it to your collection.
- Know how to deal with intruders. Mealybugs and spider mites can be washed away with a strong blast of hose water, while scale is best countered with a highly-diluted alcohol solution. Insecticides are also useful to combat and prevent infestations, but read up on the insecticides you plan to use to make sure they’re safe for your species of succulent.
When choosing soil for succulents, Fat Plants Cactus and Succulent Mix is the recommended choice for beginning gardeners or experienced succulent aficionados. For a limited time, we’re giving away free succulent cuttings with every one-gallon order of Fat Plants Cactus and Succulent Mix. Buy now and get what we think is the best soil for succulents available on the market.