This is what you can use to make your own cactus and succulent mix.


J & J Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix


The base soil I use:


Sungro 360  - Contains: Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Bark, Vermiculite, Dolomitic Limestone, Long-Lasting Wetting Agent, RESiLIENCE

Coarse materials I may use to make better drainage:


Pumice - Pumice is a light-colored, extremely porous igneous rock that forms during explosive volcanic eruptions. It is used as aggregate in lightweight concrete, as landscaping aggregate, and as an abrasive in a variety of industrial and consumer products. Many specimens have a high enough porosity that they can float on water until they slowly become waterlogged.


Perlite - Perlite is a volcanic glass that is heated to 1,600 degrees F. (871 C.) whereupon it pops much like popcorn and expands to 13 times its former size, resulting in an incredibly lightweight material. In fact, the end product weighs only 5 to 8 pounds per cubic foot. The superheated perlite is comprised of tiny air compartments. Under a microscope, perlite is revealed as being covered with many tiny cells that absorb moisture on the exterior of the particle, not inside, which makes it particularly useful in facilitating moisture to plant roots.


Turface Turface is a high fired calcined clay that is one of the best additives for bonsai soil mixes or any other soil mix that requires moisture retention as well as great drainage. Due to its rock like consistency, Turface will provide small air pockets in your soil which promotes strong root growth and water drainage.


Crushed Granite Decomposed granite is classification of rock that is derived from granite via its weathering to the point that the parent material readily fractures into smaller pieces of weaker rock.


Very Course Sand – Sand Blasting Grit #4




Top Dressing - pea gravel, other small natural colored gravel or small lava rock.


Osmocote 13-13-13 - time release fertilizer.


I mix my soil in a 35-gallon trash can or a wheelbarrow.


If I’m planting cacti, sometimes I add coarser material. If it looks like you’ve added to much coarser material, then add more base soil.


Remember everyone’s growing conditions are different. So work with your soils to find out what soil mix works for you! 


Hope this is helpful!


Joyce Hochtritt

J & J Cactus and Succulents



Brad Harris has sent me his Soil Mix Recipe:

A 2-gallon bucket for measurement.

1-heaping bucket of Miracle Grow potting soil.

1-heaping bucket of Happy Frog potting soil.

1-heaping bucket of fired clay pebbles.

1-level bucket of 3/8-inch limestone chips.

And mix well!