A Potting Mix Recipe for Cacti

cactus A Potting Mix Recipe for Cacti

Cacti can be low maintenance dish garden staples, but planting them in a topsoil or potting soil bed will kill the plants in a relatively short time.  Making your own Cactus potting mix is easy with the right material.

What You Need:

  • Sand
  • Potting Soil
  • Perlite
  • Decorative Ground Sand or Pebbles

The Foolproof Recipe:

  • One part perlite
  • One part sand
  • Two parts potting soil
  1. Combine the ingredients either in a gardening pail, or in the container you will be using. The size of the container you are filling will determine the amounts of raw ingredient you need to purchase.

After the plants have been added to the container, sprinkle decorative ground rock and sand across the top to create the look or a desert, and make your plantings visually pop.

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What Are Those White Things In Potting Soil?

3306949169 d2966ac088 225x300 What Are Those White Things In Potting Soil?

If you’ve ever planted something in the store-bought potting mixes, you’ve inevitably asked yourself this question.

What Is It?

The irregularly shaped white pieces that comprise half of most potting mixes is what is called “perlite.”  Perlite is a naturally occuring volcanic glass that is mined all over the world for industrial purposes, as well as for hydroponic farming, and horticulture purposes.  It is considered a silicous rock formation, and formed containing a large percentage of water.  Mining companies that harvest the rock heat the rough chunks of perlite in super heated ovens, causing the perlite, and the water within them, to expand up to 20 times and expload into tiny pieces. The tiny pieces are what we find commonly in most commercial potting soil mixes.

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