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Succulents and cactus plants need fast draining soil in order to survive and grow their best. It's easy to make your own succulent potting soil, and cheaper than buying the commercial stuff. Here's my recipe and detailed instructions for DIY succulent potting soil! | GetBusyGardening.com
These don't have to be 'all singing/all dancing' sometimes a focal point can just be something simple like here where these stone steps have been used to display some matching pots of Echeveria. The important thing is to create beautiful pictures within your garden.
How to care for string of pearls plant - Soil Type: Mix equal parts general purpose potting soil and coarse sand with a good dusting of bone meal and limestone (couple of eggshells). Always use a pot with a hole. Watering: Drench the soil and let it become barely moist between waterings. Remember to reduce watering during the winter or dormant season. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.
When planting succulents in containers use commercial cactus soil, which usually contains finely milled peat and sand. To this, he adds a product called Turfis, used by bonsai experts to aerate the soil, but says fine gravel works equally well. Mix the cactus soil and gravel in equal proportions and, voilà, the ideal planting medium.