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kathleenga
May 19, 2016 12:30 AM CST
Do you have a good HOMEMADE recipe for a good soil for succulents. Need a lot...so I want to mix it myself.

Do you carry Sweet Autumn Clematis?
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woofie
May 19, 2016 11:01 AM CST
Here ya go:
The thread "Potting Mixes and Difficult Soil" in Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum

As far as the Sweet Autumn, you might take a peek over in the Plant and Seed Trading forum. Someone might have seedlings to trade, or you could post a request there. http://garden.org/forums/view/trading/
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DaisyI
May 19, 2016 11:04 AM CST
Welcome!

Even homemade succulent mixes need some store bought ingredients. Buy a bale of cheap potting soil and a bale of perlite. Mix them 2/3 potting soil to 1/3 perlite. You can go as high as 1/2 soil and 1/2 perlite.

I'm not sure what the question about the Clematis means. Confused

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gasrocks
May 19, 2016 11:06 AM CST
Many of the "serious" succulent" growers use a mix that is 50-100% pumice. Gene
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tarev
May 19, 2016 1:24 PM CST
I have experimented on what I have here. So far the simplest for me is use store bought cactus soil and add lots of pumice. I used to go for perlite, but I find pumice better, perlite is so light. Then I also found adding akadama and kanuma good, just enough moisture retention and yet drains well, good for those non desert type succulents. Then I also found chicken grit, the one that is insoluble crushed granite as a good top layer on the soil, some low growing succulents leaves tend to touch the wet soil and this top layer is a good layer to protect it. Really thankful for the folks at the Sempervivum thread here in ATP that is where I found out about using chicken grit. Smiling I also like to mix in those crushed lava rocks if I have them..lots of air holes there, good for the roots.
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gasrocks
May 19, 2016 2:39 PM CST
The thread "Poultry grit and/or paver base as "soil?"" in Cactus and Tender Succulents forum

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