J & J Cactus and Succulents Soil Mix
My base is Metro-Mix 366.
My coarse materials are:
Pumice* - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumice - I buy it in bags when I go out to Tucson. From Toro Brand, Triple A Fertilizer Co. – Cell Phone 520-574-0040 – Must pre-order bagged pumice.
Perlite* - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perlite - I buy it in bags from American Plant Products a wholesale greenhouse supplier in Oklahoma City. 405-787-4833
Haydite* – High Fired Baked Clay – I buy in bulk from Chandler Material, Co., Tulsa, OK. 918-836-9151
Osmocote 13-13-13, time release fertilizer – I buy it in a 50 pound bag from American Plant Products a wholesale greenhouse supplier in Oklahoma City. 408-787-4833
This is what I use if I don’t have the three stars list above.
Terface – Baked Clay used on Baseball Fields – I buy it in bags from American Plant Products a wholesale greenhouse supplier in Oklahoma City. 408-787-4833
Pea Gravel – I buy it in bags at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Crushed Granite – Found at Landscape supplies – Sometime found at feed stores to feed to poultry.
I mix my soil in a 35 gallon trash can or a wheelbarrow. I fill one five gallon bucket with Metro-Mix 366. I then fill one five gallon bucket with pumice, perlite, and haydite the three stars. Then I mix the Metro and the other three ingredients together. I also add Osmocote 13-13-13, a time release fertilizer. Mix well and away we go!
If I’m planting cacti, sometimes I add more coarse material.
Remember everyone’s growing conditions are not the same, so you need to find out what type of soil mix works for you!
Hope this is helpful!
J & J Cactus and Succulents