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i neee some cactus soil
    #882550 - 09/13/02 06:18 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

i really need to get some soil for a cactus.  all of you cactus growers out there please help me.  i am probably just going to go buy some store bought stuff.  but could anyone give me some names of soils that are good to use?  and tell me where to get these soils?  i am expecting some stuff (cactus) in the mail, and i really need to get some soil.  if anyone has some soil out there that they would be willing to send me, i would really appreciate it.  if not i understand......please just give me some company names, and where to get some.  i really, really appreciate any help that anyone could give me :grin: thanks all 


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: mile69]
    #882559 - 09/13/02 06:26 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Buy the stuff at the store that's labeled for use with cacti. It should drain well and have a relatively high sand content.


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: mickey_rourke]
    #882569 - 09/13/02 06:31 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

will i have to check the ph of the store bought stuff? and would adding a charcoal, and gravel layer to the bottom be necessary?

and please everyone who knows about this subject please responde...i am in need of some answers:)

one more thing...ive seen some cactus soil made by the "hoffman" company for cactus and succulents. does anyone have any experience with this stuff:) thanks again


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: mile69]
    #882573 - 09/13/02 06:35 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Just use it straight from the bag. Cacti are tough. Water them only occasionally, and give them as much sunlight as possible.


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: mickey_rourke]
    #883482 - 09/14/02 07:38 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

For my peruvians and pachanois, I use plain potting soil and they do fine.


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: Bilge]
    #883499 - 09/14/02 07:47 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

For soil I use John Inning's number 3 mixed with a shops own brand of cactus compost (50/50) + a few tbs of garden lime + handfull of grit sand mixed in.

The word on the street is that lime helps keep the ph from dropping as the soil breaks down. Acidic soil increases the chances of rot + the cacti prefer slightly alkaline soil. I am also hoping to add some calcium to my soil (crushed shells or something similar).


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: mile69]
    #883549 - 09/14/02 08:24 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

I have read that you don't want soil with a high peet moss content. The peet tends to go acid over time, while cactus prefers a slightly more alkaline soil.
If you want more info. read on:

http://www.bouncingb.com/cactus_care_tips.htm

Good Luck! Keep us posted.




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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: SalviaEngland]
    #883689 - 09/14/02 09:54 AM (14 years, 11 months ago)

thanks everyone of the info...i think im just gonna go on down to a garden shop and purchase this "hoffmans" soil, for cactus and succulents.  i hope all goes well. :grin: because if it doesnt i just might cry :frown: 


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: mile69]
    #883812 - 09/15/02 07:21 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Just get some commercial cactus potting mix. This works fine as is for many species like San Pedro. You can add perlite for drainage. For some very rot sensitive cacti like Ariocarpus you would use maybe 1 part cactus soil to 2 parts perlite.

Schultz cactus mix is decent, as is Hoffman's. Both are very common.


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: Murple]
    #885056 - 09/16/02 07:56 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

what if (and this is hypathetically of course)  i was doing paeyote plants, or seeds?  would these cactus soils bo ok?  should i add anytihng too them?  just asking:)

and thanks for the info....i just need a little more :grin:


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: mile69]
    #885063 - 09/16/02 08:00 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

ive heard people mentioning adding charcoal, or lime....or would you recomend adding vermiculite?  i just dont want to kill my hypathetical little plants.  and thanks again for the help.  as ive said before...ive bben doing lots of reading, i just want to get some advice from the people here at the shroomery who have used certain products. :smirk:


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Re: i neee some cactus soil [Re: mile69]
    #885396 - 09/16/02 10:34 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Dont put too much complexity into it. There is very rarely any need to add such things to cactus soil. Vermiculite should never be used because it compacts. Charcoal seems kind of pointless. All you need is some basic cactus soil, which can be made more draining by adding perlite, coarse large-grain sand, or lava rock. This will work for 95% of the cacti you will ever grow.


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