How to Make the Best Potting Soil for Succulents


Succulents are hearty desert plants specifically adapted to weather-worn soil, storing water inside their leaves and stems. The roots of succulents are so efficient in absorbing moisture that constantly moist soil will kill a succulent plant. For the best potting soil mix, create a porous soil that will drain well and dry out quickly.

Step 1

Place two parts potting soil, one part perlite and one part course sand in a bowl.

Step 2

Mix the soils together until well blended.

Step 3

Place in a gardening pot and plant the succulent.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid fine sands, clay, mosses and organic material as these substances do not drain well and will rot the plant's roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Course sand


  • National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society: Potting Mixes for Succulent Plants
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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.