Its been an interesting week. I think I peaked, internet fame wise, when an older post of mine got picked up by some Facebook gardening groups; my phone started sending me alerts that I had a huge spike in traffic, and at one point I had 5.5k visitors in a day. I typically consider it a good day if I break ten!
So welcome, new followers. Glad you find my information occasionally helpful.
One of the items I talked about in the post that circulated was how most commercial succulent mixes aren’t great right out of the bag. I have a couple different formulations that I’m working on most of the time, but I have a general mixes that I stick with depending on the categories of plants. The three main mixes I keep around are: my “Mexico mix” (for Crassulaceae), “Gritty mix” (for Asphodeloideae, aka South African plants), and “Mesemb Mix” (for the family known as ‘ice plants’ or ‘mimicry plants’ that are more finicky).
The “Mexico Mix” is the easiest, and is probably the default mix to use. Ive had best results with crassula, echevaria, and graptoveria, graptopetalum, etc, using this mix, and its also what I use for starting leaf propagations and stem cuttings (once they have started rooting).
As a rule of thumb, you can take bagged cactus/palm/citrus mix and cut it down 1:1 with inorganics – perlite being the cheapest and most common. To fill my bin, I use about:
- Eight scoops of peat-based cactus/succulent mix
- Five scoops of perlite
- Two scoops of shredded pine bark
- Two scoops of gravel or crushed granite (“chick grit”)
I might tweak a little bit here and there, until my finished mix looks close to what you’d see in the video above.
Do you have a ‘recipe’ that’s working well for you? Share in the comments, along with where your plants live (what part of the world, indoor/outdoor, etc.)