Bonsai Jack Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111 – 1 Gallon – Fast Draining – Zero 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.

  • FASTEST DRAINING SUCCULENT / CACTUS SOIL AVAILABLE!  Prevents 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® and Pine Bark Fines.
  • Available in several bag sizes.

Soil Mix: Bonsai Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111
Ingredients: 33% 1/4 Pine Bark Fines, 33% 1/4 Bonsai Block(calcined clay) and 33% Monto Clay(1/4 inch Turface).
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
Minimum Size: 1/8th
Maximum 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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SKU: 799600830727 Category:

Additional information

Weight5 lbs
Dimensions10 × 8 × 5 in

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


Bonsai Jack LLC


1, Dry

Cubic Inches


Cubic Feet



One Gallon Bag



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


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.


  1. ida wilson

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

    • 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.


  2. 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!).

  3. 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!!

    • Vanessa (verified owner)

      Would this be good for potting sanseverias??

      • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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!

    • 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


  5. 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.

    • 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.

  6. 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

    • 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.


  7. Michele Schirduan

    What is the best way to store this?

    • 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.

      • 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


    • 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?

      • 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


    • 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


  8. pfellows41 (verified owner)

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

    • 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

      Have a great week


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