Moisture Control Soil for Succulents

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Moisture control soil for succulents will allow them to get all of the vitamins and nutrients that they need. Find out about moisture control soil for succulents with help from an experienced professional gardener on a mission to make gardening stylish, fun and simple in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nell Foster, and today I'm going to talk about moisture control soil for succulents and this is an interesting topic because when you think of moisture control soil it's usually to hold the moisture in the soil but I'm going to talk about keeping the soil drier for succulents so you don't want anything in the soil that holds the moisture in because they love good drainage and they like to be dry. They rot out very very easily. I have a lot of succulents in my garden and in pots here where I am in Santa Barbara, California so I have potted many of them. So this is the soil I use if I'm putting it in a pot. I actually get it from a big grower down in the Pasadena area. As you can see it's a very loose soil. It's compost Perlite and very finely crushed rock in here and so that's going to amend the drainage really really well and then the succulent you can just put in and it will grow just fine in that because any kind of a heavier soil is just going to hold too much moisture in and you want it to just wash out and in terms of in the garden, I actually plant a lot in my garden too and I amend it with a loam soil and the loam really loosens up the soil too. I don't have a lot of clay in my soil. If you have a lot of clay in your soil, it's going to be really hard but anything that gets your soil to drain well is what succulents like. So in terms of moisture control you want to keep most of the moisture out when you are dealing with succulents.

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