After years of trial and error, we finally came up with the perfect succulent potting mix recipe.

This might be the ideal succulent soil , and it’s quite easy to make as well! 

In this informative article, we will share our recipe and also explain to you just how you can make your own succulent soil.

You don’t need to buy succulent soil anymore. You can make your own.

It’s less expensive than buying a succulent potting and a commercial cactus.

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Plus, the commercial soil mix for succulents and cacti are light on sand, and hold more water.

Making your own succulent soil is not only cheaper than buying the commercial stuff, but it’s also super easy.

The Best Soil To Use For Succulents

Consider choosing the right potting soil for planting succulents in containers because it’s very crucial! The widespread problem with succulents is overwatering. Most of the people have overwatering issues. 

That is to say, overwatering is the number one reason of death for succulent plants, and that is why it is super crucial to make sure you use the right kind of soil to plant succulents.

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However, the best potting soil for succulents is a well-draining potting mix. It is super important to use a good potting mix of porous soil for succulents to prevent overwatering.

Benefits of Producing Your DIY Succulent Soil Mix

The main benefits of doing your own DIY succulent soil combination are that it’s cheaper, and you also control the ingredients.

It is cheaper to make your own bulk potting soil mix than buying a pre-made commercial succulent soil

And since you control what ingredients will be included in your soil, you can modify the soil recipe to get the perfect soil mix that will benefit your succulents. 

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The Best Way to Make Succulent Soil

There are many commercial succulent soil mixes that aren’t good enough. That’s why it is better to make your own succulent soil.

And in this article, we’ll present to you the best way to make your own succulent soil. It will be an easy and inexpensive recipe that you will love.

We wanted to make sure the ingredients were all easy to find in your local garden center, or online.

Plus, they can be used to make other homemade potting soils too, so they are all very reusable.

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Do-it-yourself Succulent Potting Soil Ingredients

All you need are three ingredients to have your own succulent soil, and you can find them at any garden center, or home improvements store that has potting soil for sale:

  1. Potting soil
  2. Coarse sand (turface or poultry grit also work great)
  3. Perlite or Pumice

All Purpose Potting Soil

Choose any type of all-purpose potting soil for indoor plants will work as the base to make your own succulent soil. Use whatever you have on hand (as long as it’s fresh, sterile potting soil).

The brands of potting soil varies depending on what’s on sale at the time you need to buy potting soil.

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It’s best to use a light and porous soil as your base when making potting mix for succulents.

Don’t use heavy garden soils, and don’t use potting mixes that contain vermiculite, or any type of moisture control potting mix that says it retains water longer than other mixes. 

Succulents need a well-draining potting soil, not one that holds moisture.

Coarse Sand 

It’s better to grow succulents in a porous sandy potting soil, which means adjusting your potting soil with sand is super important.

The type of sand I buy is just the stuff they sell for use in a sandbox (I buy it at either Home Depot or Lowes).

Though you can use any type of sand, but to make sure you succulents drain fast, it’s better to buy coarse sand.

Avoid using sand from the garden, the beach, or a sandbox (they are usually full of nasties). You can rather use turface or poultry grit instead.

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You can use one of these two to make excellent alternatives to sand in this recipe.

Perlite or Pumice

Perlite is a very lightweight organic soil amendment. It’s the white pieces that look like Styrofoam that are seen in many commercial potting mixes.

Perlite prohibits soil compaction, saves very little moisture, and helps add better drainage for succulents.

In other words, it facilitates the soil drainage and that is exactly what succulent potting soil needs. 

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Perlite or pumice are available in any garden center or home improvement store in the same section as you would find potting soil for sale, but it’s often hard to find in stores, but you can buy it online.

Supplies Needed


Along with your succulent potting mix ingredients, you’ll need a few other supplies to help you measure and mix your ingredients. So, grab these items before getting started…

  • Measuring container
  • Trowel
  • Container for mixing (you can use a bucket from your tabletop potting tray to mix yours).

DIY Succulent Soil Recipe

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The succulent potting soil recipe that you need to use is:

  • 1 part perlite (or pumice)
  • 2 parts coarse sand (turface or poultry grit)
  • 3 parts potting soil

This DIY and cactus soil mix are very similar. However, you can modify this recipe to make potting soil for cactus plants instead. 

You can add about ½ – 1 part more sand and perlite in your succulent potting soil for extra drainage, to make the perfect cactus potting soil mix

What is a “part”? – It is just a generic unit of measure that you can use for your potting soil mix ratio. As long as you use the same type of measure for each “part”, you can use anything you want to measure your ingredients. 

When you use a scoop measure for 1 part, make sure to use the same scoop twice for 2 parts, and three times for 3 parts.

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Which means, if you use 1 cup, then this potting mix recipe would be modified to 3 cups potting soil, 2 cups sand, and 1 cup perlite.

The Best Way to Mix Potting Soil to Get Succulent Plants

It’s super easy to mix your DIY potting soil for succulents. All you need to do is dump everything into your mixing container (bucket, potting tray, wheelbarrow… whatever) and mix it all together.

You can use a trowel, or your hands to mix it. And once you’re done, make sure the ingredients are evenly mixed.

And that’s it. It’s super mega easy to make your own potting soil for succulents.

Storing Your Leftover Succulent Soil Mix

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One of the most interesting things about making your own DIY succulent potting soil is that you can mix up a big batch, and store the leftovers for later.

You can store your succulent soil on a shelf in your basement, garage or garden shed.

You could also mix extra homemade potting and store it so you can use it later, or just mix the quantity you need. 

You can mix up a big batch, and then store it in a plastic bucket in the garage so you always have succulent soil on hand when you need it.

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Make sure to store your succulent potting soil in an air-tight container. You don’t want pesky bugs getting in there. If you don’t have an air-tight container to use, you can buy one of these bucket sealing lids, which work with a five gallon bucket.

You can also use this DIY succulent potting soil for propagating succulent cuttings.

Succulents and cactus plants grow very well in a homemade potting mix for succulents, and making your own saves you tons of money.