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Composting and Succulents

by Mark Pekarik 11/15/2021

Succulents in Southwestern climates have become a fashionable way to cut back on the amount of water you use without sacrificing the aesthetics of your home. You’re also utilizing the natural environment rather than trying to impose foreign plants and shrubs. 

But just because the soil is suited for succulents doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved with the right compost. Why not take your green thumb just a step further by finding the right balance of nutrients for your succulents. 

Get Ready for Growth  

If you’re just getting started with succulents, you might be surprised at just how fast they can grow — even without the extra help. But if you want to keep the plants from drying out or turning yellow, use a special succulent mix to boost the appearance and health of your beauties.

Make Your Own 

You can purchase compost that’s specifically been made for succulents, but it’s often easier to just make the compost yourself. With composting, the idea is to create a way to drain water away from the plants. These specimens already know how to hold moisture, but too much will inevitably drown them. 

That’s why you’re meant to use a compost with sand and/or grit. These particles are good at breaking up the density just enough to let the droplets seep further into the ground. Mixing equal parts compost, sand and grit can give you a nutrient-rich compost that is ready to protect your succulents.

If your gardening store doesn’t have these ingredients, then your local hardware store probably has something that can be substituted. Sand and pumice grit should be relatively easy to come by, and they won’t tax your wallet. You’ll need a good trowel to work through all the grit, though, so just be prepared. 

The Power of Natural Fertilizer 

All fertilizers give your succulents more nutrients to help them really flourish. But inorganic ones are more like a sprint than a marathon and usually only recommended if you’re in dire need of perking up your succulents in a hurry.

Using organic fertilizer fosters a healthy environment, one which will improve over time and really give your succulents a welcoming place to live. And if some of your succulents are turning for any reason or you just want to replace them for a fresh look, you can use them for compost too.

If you’re hot composting, or attempting to reach optimal microbial levels through heat, then chop up your yellow or wilting succulents before composting if you’re going to repurpose them. You should also take care when working with cacti. Given enough time, all plants will break down, but they keep their bite longer than you might think. 

The right soil can really help your succulents come alive, which can really brighten up your home with the greenery and color that you’ve always wanted. 

About the Author

Mark Pekarik

Since 2006 Helping Home Buyers and Sellers in Greater Phoenix, AZ

I have a deep passion for real estate and the buying and selling process in the greater Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale areas . I understand that the buying or selling process can be a stressful time for someone but it is my goal to make your home buying or selling experience as stress-free as possible. I will work diligently to get you the best deal possible using my negotiation skills and market insight while providing you with superior customer service. Your satisfaction is always priority and I will always be there to provide honest answers and opinions to your concerns as I look to exceed your expectations to a successful closing.