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Bonsai Jack Succulent and Cactus Soil – Jacks Gritty Mix #111 – 1 Gallon – Fast Draining – Fight Root Rot – Optimized pH

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Succulent and Cactus Soil . Ultra fast draining design helps prevent root rot and over watering. Contains no heavy potting soil ingredients such as sphagnum or peat moss. Provide your prized plant with a potting soil that mimics its natural dry environment. Proven number one seller.

Features include.

  • Now with Pine Coir for better performance.
  • FASTEST DRAINING SUCCULENT / CACTUS SOIL AVAILABLE!  Helps prevent root rot and over watering. Will not damage roots.
  • Optimized pH of 5.5. Perfect for succulents, cactus, bonsai and other acid loving plants.
  • Pathogen free with extended pathogen control.
  • Ultra lightweight and airy. Contains Bonsai Block®, Monto Clay® (1/4 inch Montmorillonite) and Pine Coir (pine fines).
  • Available in several bag sizes.

Soil Mix: Bonsai Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111
Ingredients: 33% Pine Coir, 33% 1/4 Bonsai Block(calcined clay) and 33% Monto Clay(1/4 inch).
Bulk Density: .350 ounces per cubic inch
pH: 5.5
Re-water Days: Succulents 5-30 days. Bonsai Trees 1-5 days
Average Particle Size: ¼ Inch
Average Pine Coir Size: Dust to 3/8th.
Minimum Aggregate Size: 1/8th
Maximum Aggregate Size: 3/8ths
Application: Acid loving plants including succulents
Condition: Sifted, Washed, Treated, Dried and Bagged.

Did you know?
All of our soil products are state inspected and tested on a regular basis in order to comply with multi-state regulations.
This ensures you receive material free of dangerous pathogens that can damage or kill plants. This is also required to maintain six nursery stamps that allow us to ship to all 50 states.
Products containing organic material may have been treated with one or more of the following to ensure multi-state compliance.

1. Bifenthrin drench.
2. Steam at 200 degrees Fahrenheit

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GTIN 00857206008039 SKU: 857206008039 Category:

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 8 × 4 in
Color

A mix of tan, dark brown and a variety of earth tones.

Raw Material

Calcined clay, pine bark and Montmorillonite clay.

Country of Origin(COO)

United States

Average Particle Size

1/4 Inch

Minimum Particle Size

1/8th Inch

Maximum Particle Size

3/8ths Inch

Manufacturer

Bonsai Jack LLC

Gallons

1, Dry

Cubic Inches

268

Cubic Feet

.15

Packaging

One Gallon Bag

pH

5.5

Plant Type

Formulated specifically for succulent and cactus plants.

Other Applications

Other acid loving plants that prefer a fast draining soil blend to prevent root rot.

Bulk Density

.290 ounces per cubic inch

Additives

Dye-free. We comply with State laws which require products containing Pine bark to be treated with a Bifenthrin drench. This helps prevent the spread of invasive species and provides some residual pathogen control for your plant.

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  1. Question

    Jennifer LoSavio (verified owner)

    Is it common to have moisture in a new bag of soil?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. To begin with, we accept returns of our product for any reason. We will pay for return shipping costs, and we never charge a restocking fee.

      Every bag ships with a little bit of our famous Florida humidity. Its may not be visible until it reaches a new climate. Condensation will stick to the bag more than the product as you sometimes see on a windshield in the morning. It’s a good idea to let the product crispen in the sun, or leave the bag partially open to breathe, if you plan on storing it for more than a year.

      Our aggregates are screened, washed and sun dried in 200 gallons containers before shipping. We dry approximately 1000 thousand gallons per batch. If we are having an especially heavy order week some product may not have the chance to fully dry before shipping. We are currently processing up to 1600 orders per day. Every aggregate bag is packed fresh the day it ships. Moisture will not affect performance.

      We do not dry fire our product before shipping. This eliminates dust and keeps the aggregate clean after the wash process.

      I hope this helps. Please call or email with questions or concerns

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  2. Question

    Jennifer Robello

    Hi,
    Another newbie here to succulents… my labor of love is going to be Lithops ~ is your Bonsai Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111 the correct soil for them?
    Thank you for your help !

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    • NRicardo

      Hi, I’m very excited about trying the gritty mix for my succulents. Can I confirm if I can use this mix for my Polaskia Chichipe cactus? If so, should I use it alone or should I mix it with another medium?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for stopping by. You can use it as is or add some of our favorite potting soil. More than 30 thousand species of succulents exist. Some will prefer pure gritty mix and others would do better when mixed with potting soil(or similar organic matter). Zone, plant type and conditions can also dictate how organically rich the soil should be. Please test to find what works best in your environment.

      Have a great weekend. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  3. Question

    sambolt14 (verified owner)

    I just received this mix. I have a monkey tail cactus I potted in regular cactus soil. Should I repot it into this mix? Would it be better since it is outdoors under a open patio? It was expensive and I don’t want it to rot.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. If the plant is happy in the existing soil I personally wouldn’t change the soil type. Messing with the root system on a healthy plant is not a good idea. You will be fine either either way. If you decide not to use the soil kindly open a return request. We accept returns for any reason and always cover the return postage.

      Have a great week.

      Thanks
      Jack

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    • Megan

      I have 3 echeveria plants I bought at Trader Joes that need repotting since the rosette covers the top of the plant and makes watering difficult. I am not sure what the current soil is. Could I mix the gritty with the current soil?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the reply. Jacks Gritty Mix #111 is the best choice.

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  4. Question

    Natalie

    Can I use this for succulent seeds?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello. Thanks for the message. Gritty mix is intended for established plants and cutting propagation. Succulent seeds are too small to be started in a gritty mix. Its best to use coco coir or a seedling soil product. Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

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  5. Question

    Nina

    Hi, can I use this to repot my Polaskia Chichipe Cactus? If so, do you recommend using it alone or mixing it with another medium? Thank you!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. We have not personally tested gritty mix on this plant. I think you will be fine. I would not add other ingredients to the mix.

      Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  6. One person found this helpful

    Never buying generic soil ever

    veepaisal (verified owner)

    I cannot believe how well this drains! When I was using generic cactus and succulent potting soil, it would normally take a while for water to drain completely but this mix I had bought (& my first time too) drains instantly! I don’t ever have to worry about my succulents dying cos of root rot! Thank you so much!!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks you for the kind words and feedback. I trust you are using a second ingredient in your mix. Hard clay’s need some sort of acidifier to offset the alkaline properties.

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    • Vanessa (verified owner)

      No I am not using a second ingredient, just this gritty mix. My succulents are all in pots not in the ground.

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      Bonsai Jack

      My mistake Vanessa. I was thinking you planted them in straight Bonsai Block for some reason. Our gritty mix has the correct acidity. Have a great weekend.

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    • Vanessa (verified owner)

      Would this be good for potting sanseverias??

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello Vanessa. We have had reports of people mixing potting soil 50/50 with our succulent mix for this variety. Others have reported using it straight. Please try it before you rely on it.

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  7. Question

    Sandra McMillan

    My succulents are taking over! They love this soil; every piece I cut off to root has thrived. My jade plants are very happy, but I find that as plants get taller this mix doesn’t provide enough anchoring support to keep them upright. Any expert technique to share? Maybe put some rocks in the mix? Or on top?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. Taller plants can be problematic when they are first potted up. The root system will take hold after a few months as it would with any other soil. Some growers will use bonsai wire or a chopstick to support the plant until it can fully take hold. You want to be sure the plants are not bothered during the rooting process.

      I hope this helps.

      Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

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  8. Question

    Claudia Schultz

    Hi! I have some small baby succulents (about the size of my finger nail). I just order some of your soil and I am wondering if it’s okay to repot them in the new soil? Are their roots too small yet? I want to repot them because I think they will do better, but I don’t want to repot them before they’re ready. Thank you in advance!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. I would wait. Its not good idea to handle seedlings or change soil unless its absolutely required.

      Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

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  9. Question

    Mig

    Hello I was wondering if this soil would be a good fit for the following plants, I’m trying to get a gauge of how much soil to purchase
    String of hearts,
    String of turtles
    String of tears + bananas
    Various types of hens and chicks
    And aloes?
    Thank you 🙂

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello. Thanks for the message. Gritty mix is probably not a good fit for the sting of XXX. I would recommend using a high-quality potting soil. You can find this at any bog box store for less than $20. The selection will vary by state. Gritty mix is very expensive to produce and should be saved for plants that require it.

      The other plants will do well in pure gritty mix or a combination of gritty mix and potting soil. Some plants require more moisture content depending on the species, zone and climate. You will need to see what works best for you. If the existing soil type is working, I don’t recommend changing the container over to gritty mix. Its not a god idea to disturb a happy root system.

      I hope this helps. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  10. Question

    Melodie Gibson

    Is this soil suitable for caudex plants (specifically pachypodium, dioscorea, adenia and stephania)? Or for plants that want a little more organic, can this be mixed with regular potting mix?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. We haven’t had a lot of feedback on the pants you mentioned. I would try it out on some young material before committing multiple plants. If the current soil type is working well its not a good idea to change to a gritty mix.

      Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

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  11. Question

    Quinn Dyer

    Hello, I’m new to growing plants and I don’t trust myself with not overwatering my Jade plants. I have watched many videos and read many articles and I think I know most techniques to tell if a jade plant needs watering but I still want something more concrete I can rely on. I was wondering if I could use a moisture meter with this mix. Are the particles to big? Would the reading not be accurate? If I can use a moisture meter, is there a certain type or specific one you recommend? Thanks!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. We do use moisture meters. From what I hear they do not work well with gritty mix. Please check our watering video on the YouTube channel located at http://www.youtube.com/bonsaijack for a watering video

      Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  12. Question

    Jodi

    Hello. I LOVE this mix for my mature succulents but I’ve recently started propagating babies from leaves. I have tried to transplant the babies, still attached to their mother leaves into the Gritty mix but it looks like the tiny roots are having trouble digging in. I keep gently pushing bits of the mix around the roots with my chopstick. But I wonder if these little tiny roots would be happier in a different soil mix? Thoughts?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. Gritty mix is intended for established plants and cutting propagation. Both should work. If the cuttings are especially small you may want to try a seedling mix before moving to the larger gritty mix.

      Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

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  13. Question

    Rebecca (verified owner)

    I am repotting a string of pearls plant soon. Would this soil work well for this particular plant? Thanks!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. Some vine type succulents will prefer standard potting soil. If the plant is doing fine I wouldn’t change the mix.

      Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

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  14. Question

    Chelsey

    Is this a good mix for a very large and established Jade plant? About 2.5 ft tall. It is currently in normal potting soil and is not doing well. It is yellowing and dropping leaves, I think because it is not draining properly. Should I do a 1:1 gritty mix and soil? Or straight gritty? It is in a 12x12in pot. Thank you!!!!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. I personally would not switch to a gritty mix for a plant of that age. Regular potting soil has worked for it over many years. You may want to check for other issues such as root binding or pathogens in the soil. You can also try re-potting it in similar soil. Remove about half of the old soil from the roots and get it in new soil. Decrease watering if the soil is staying wet. Root work may be required.

      Have a great week. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

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  15. Question

    Jeannette (verified owner)

    can I use this cactus mix for Aloe vera plants?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. Our succulent soil is a good mix. You can use it straight or mix it 50/50 with your favorite potting soil.

      Have a great week. please call or email if you have questions or concerns.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  16. Question

    ida wilson

    why did my succulents die within 2 days of transplanting into this bonsai jack succulent mix

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello Ida. I am sorry to hear that. Plants will be stressed out for a couple weeks after re-potting. Sudden re-pot death is caused by shock. This can be any number of things including improper watering, root damage, infection, or re-potting out of season. We are able to re-pot year-round(for many plants) here in Florida. When we do lose plants immediately after re-potting its because we took the root ball too far back or damaged too many roots in the process. Improper soil, if it were an issue, would result in an unhealthy plant not death. Please give me a call if you would like to go through the checklist over the phone. We will also gladly refund your money of you are not happy with the purchase. We even cover return shipping.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  17. Question

    Michele Schirduan

    What is the best way to store this?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      In the bag as is, if you plan on using over the next 12 months. If you plan on storing it for more than a year it is a good idea to dry the product in the sun before placing it in the bag. I hope this helps

      Thanks
      Jack

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    • Margaret (verified owner)

      I repotted my succulents in this mix last week and then watered it for the first time today and it appeared to “sizzle” (the best way to describe it) and let off some kind of smoke or steam. Is this normal? Was I supposed to mix it with regular dirt or use the mix as is?

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello Margaret. Thank you for the message.

      This is the sound of Montmorillonite(Monto Clay) re-hydrating. The particles are fired at over 1000 degrees and very dry when shipped. Its rapidly absorbing moisture and nutrients like a sponge. You will only see this during the first watering.

      The soil is ready to use as is. We do not recommend mixing it with other ingredients, especially store bought potting soils that are produced for pennies per bag. They contain peat moss and other fine organics that can kill a succulent root system.

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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    • Elise

      This soil looks awesome for mature succulents, but is it fit for propagation? It seems like it might be hard for leaves/cuttings to take root in this gritty mixture.

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello Elise. Yes this soil can also be used for propagation. i was not aware of this until several customers reported it. We tested it here and it works well.

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  18. Question

    pfellows41 (verified owner)

    How often do you recommend watering succulents as can’t tell when dry with this mixture

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello. It depends on the climate but generally every 3-7 days. You can find more information on this topic by visiting the FAQ page located here https://www.bonsaijack.com/f-a-q/

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  19. Question

    Heather

    Hi Jack! I’m excited to try this mix on my rooted guys – but what would you recommend for rooting new cuttings? You mentioned in another answer that some people have had success with new rootings in the gritty mix, but is there another way you’d typically recommend? I’m used to treating the “babies” differently, hard to believe I could just plug ’em in and go (tho I’ll give it a try!).
    Thanks!

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello Heather. We use the same mix for cuttings and get about 30 percent of them to root. Its pretty easy to do. You can also use a standard potting soil for this if you control the moisture level. Save the expensive stuff for finished plants. Here is a good post on the subject https://www.succulentsandsunshine.com/how-to-propagate-succulents-from-leaves-and-cuttings/

      Thanks
      Jack

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  20. Yasmine

    Hi Jack, I am planning to repot some of my agave collection (blue glow, victoriae, attenuata) since the rain in south florida has taken a toll on base leaves of most of them. I have built a raised garden bed and was looking for the perfect soil to add. Would the 111 work on medium sized agaves to keep them stable? How often will I need to water when the rainy season is over? Thank you so much for your help!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello. The Florida rain can cause issues with plants that prefer dry feet. Gritty mix will overcome this problem. You want to water when the soil is completely dry. During the dry months we will water about once every 5 days for succulents in direct full sun. Florida humidity will supply some moisture. You asked about stability. I am not sure if you are asking about the plant being stable in the pot or its health. Large plants with poor (damaged) root systems may need some support until they root out again in the new soil. Gritty mix is course and will not stabilize as fast as a heavy potting soil. Repotting any plant will cause some stress. You may see the plant get a little worse before it gets better.

      I hope this helps

      Thanks
      Jack

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  21. Elaine M Pyer (verified owner)

    I am new to planting succulents. Recd my soil and have cactus and pot ready. Do I place the soil in the pot first and water thoroughly, then place plant? Or place dry soil, place plant and then water? Help

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello Elaine. You want to pot the plant before adding water for the first time. Soak the plant for a few minutes after re-potting then water as needed. Your order would have shipped with a chopstick card containing information and a video link. You can also google chopsticking succulents for a detailed re-potting video.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  22. Stan Jones

    I’m wondering your thoughts on using #111 mix for epiphytic cacti? Primarily flowering epi hybrids and holiday cacti. Also the advisability of mixing in some worm castings for nutrition.
    Thanks.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Stan. Thanks for stopping by. I honestly do not know. Our soil will work for most succulents but more than 6000 varieties exist. The epiphytic cactus I have seen were grown in soilless containers. They are also tropical plants which may require more water than a gritty mix can supply. My suggestion is to seek out a nurseryman and ask for advise in your zone. Please proceed with caution if you do plan on testing with gritty mix.

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  23. Suze

    Is there a way to sterilize the mix? I transplanted a succulent that unfortunately looks like it had root rot. I don’t want to toss the soil, what would you recommend?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Suze,

      Thanks for the message. Awesome question. Gritty mix is expensive to produce and purchase. You want to be able to reuse it if possible. We use a commercial soil sterilizer when needed. These are not cost effective for home use. I would recommend using new soil. Some growers will bake soil at 160 degrees for 20 minutes. It really shouldn’t be an issue unless you are dealing with a nematode infection. The root rot was most likely caused by over watering. Letting the soil bake crispy dry in the sun should be fine for most plants. Some plants are very sensitive to nematodes and always require fresh pathogen free soil. Please proceed with caution.

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  24. Question

    Vanessa Clarke Young (verified owner)

    Hi jack! I’m new to succulents so forgive for not knowing all the proper terms. I recently bought some succulent seeds of different varieties and I was wondering how to use this soil for these seeds. Please advise! Newbie here. Thanks!

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      Bonsai Jack

      Hello. Thanks for the message. I know some growers use our soil to grow succulents from seed. We have only propagated from cuttings so we unable to offer an expert opinion on the subject. Gritty mix is intended for established plants and cuttings. My suggestion is to follow the instructions provided with the seeds or check out a reputable Succulent site such as https://www.succulentsandsunshine.com/grow-succulent-seeds/ I hope this helps

      Thanks
      Jack

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  25. Question

    Michelle

    Hello – I’m planning on using this for an echeveria! Will this also be suitable for a small Euphorbia trigona? Not sure of its ideal conditions, but the soil it came with definitely needs to be changed.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Michelle. Thanks for the message. If the plant is healthy and pushing in the existing soil It’s a good idea to keep the same soil type. We have two of these in our proving grounds using gritty mix and they are doing well. If you do convert your plants to gritty mix please be sure to test it on young material before switching aged specimen material over.

      I hope this helps.

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  26. Question

    Kaylee

    Would this 1 gallon bag fill a 10inch pot

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for stopping by Kaylee. It depends on the container depth and shape. We have a soil calculator tool that will help you calculate the amount of soil needed here https://www.bonsaijack.com/soil-calculator/
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  27. Question

    Chartia Byrdsong-Flowers (verified owner)

    I will be creating a succulent garden with approx 10-12 plants in a 10 inch planter. I only bought one bag of soil, which may not be enough. Can I mix this soil with regular soil or should I buy more gritty mix!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. Some growers will add up to 50 percent potting soil to the mix. It depends on the plant and zone. If you have standard houseplants, Christmas cactus, snake plant or some vine type succulents you will be fine. I would use the soil as is for all other succulent and cacti.

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      Jack

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    • Alyssa

      Hi will this mix be good to repot snake plant? I recently purchased one that was overwatered in high moisture soil and have read that it needs good draining soil.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. Gritty mix is a good fit for the most of the 30 thousand species of succulents and cacti that exist. Gritty mix is not a good fit for standard houseplants, Christmas cactus, snake plant and some vine type succulents in most zones. I would recommend using a high-quality potting soil and or a mix of the two. The selection will vary by state. Gritty mix is very expensive to produce and should be saved for plants that require it such as succulents and bonsai.

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