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Have you been wondering what the best
First off, what is
Because it is rich in gasses when it forms, it is lighter weight than you’d think, contains many pores, and as a result can absorb moisture.
PUMICE IS GREAT FOR SUCCULENTS
- Doesn’t float to the top of your soil mixes like perlite does
- Improves the drainage rate when blended into any potting mix
- Is full of small holes and pores, so it does retain some moisture and releases it as needed
- Provides porosity and aeration in your potting mixes, allowing air to your roots and helping to minimize root rot
- Will not decompose
- Is lighter weight than you’d think, but heavy enough to provide some additional stability for your top-heavy succulents
PUMICE FOR SUCCULENTS
Not all pumices are created equal, and my favorite
I purchase mine from Amazon (see link below).
I love this
AMENDING YOUR SUCCULENT MIX WITH
Making a good succulent mix does not have to take a lot of ingredients, although many growers have their own special blends. Use what works for you and don’t be afraid to experiment!
I find that many of the commercially available succulent/cactus mixes don’t provide enough porosity and drainage for succulents, and they don’t dry out quickly enough.
This mix works well for me, provides enough moisture retention, but still improves drainage and is able to dry out in a reasonable amount of time.
Depending on your environmental conditions, if you need your mix to dry out even more quickly, you can do equal parts of a cactus mix and
I’d recommend experimenting to see what works for your own growing conditions.
There are numerous factors that affect how quickly your potting mix will dry out, including:
- Light levels
- Pot type and size
- Potting mix composition
I talk about all of these aspects in my book, Houseplant Warrior. Ultimately, you need to balance all your conditions in order to have thriving succulents and houseplants.
Published by Countryman Press. A veritable bible for the beginner, this book is geared to YOU! I've taken all the most common, real-world problems from my readers and address them here. You will walk away with the confidence to be a better plant parent!
Keep in mind though that the more “chunky” material that you add to your mixes (in this case,
There really is no right or wrong, but the more
As you experiment with the amount of
There is no right or wrong (as long as your mix is well drained and dry out in a reasonable time period and you are comfortable with your watering routine!)
OTHER USES FOR
Some succulent growers will top-dress their succulent pots with
Be sure not to miss my blog post on perlite vs. pumice to explore the pros and cons of both.
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