Soil and Fertilizer

  • What kind of soil should I use with succulents?

    Succulents need grittier soil than other plants because they are adapted to dry conditions and store water in their leaves. Regular potting soil mixes stay moist for long periods of time, which can cause rot in succulents. Instead, use a sandy, well-draining soil so you can water thoroughly witho...
  • Do I need to fertilize succulents?

    Fertilizing is not necessary, but it is a good option for succulent growers who want to encourage faster, larger growth. Only fertilize in the growing season (spring and summer for most varieties) to avoid weakening or burning dormant plants. Use a light touch and make 2-3 applications of low-Nit...
  • Should I use a top dressing with succulents?

    Top dressings make a nice addition to container plantings. Materials like colorful gravel, sand, sea glass, and reindeer moss can cover the soil in a pot and complement the colors of your planting. In addition to making an arrangement look tidy, a top dressing keeps soil from splashing onto your ...