10 Best Granular Soil For Your Succulents

【10 Best Granular Soil For Your Succulents and Houseplants】

We have almost all kinds of soil you need for your plants. People may ask, what is the difference between them, is soil really important for plants? The answer would be Yes. Most succulent soils have components that help balance water retention and water drainage but they all do it a little differently. Usually, Succulent Soil = Regular Soil + Granular Soil.

For most succulents: Two parts inorganic grit to one part organic (i.e. plant-based) material, like compost or coir. OR SIMPLY MIX half-and-half bagged potting soil (from any nursery or garden center) and granular soil.

For fat succulents like cactus, euphorbias and pachyphytums: One part bagged soil to two parts granular soil.

For thin-leaved succulents like dainty sedums and others that don't store much moisture: Two parts bagged soil to one part granular soil.



The most popular type of granular soil by far (because of the market promotion). Maifanitum is formed by volcanic eruptions and rich in trace elements, has the outstanding advantage of absorbing moisture from the air (hence the use of some as a root trap for decapitated plants) and is both water-retaining and water-exhausting.

A compound mineral or medicinal rock that is non-toxic and harmless to living organisms and has certain biological activity. The main chemical composition of maifenstone is inorganic silicoaluminate. It includes SiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, FeO, MgO, CaO, K2O, Na2O, TiO2, P2O5, MnO, etc. It also contains all the major elements needed by animals, such as K, Na, Ca, Mg, Cu, Mo and other trace elements and rare earth elements, about 58 kinds.




There is not much difference between Black Lava SoilRed Lava Soil and White Lava Soil besides the colour. The colour becomes important when you use this soil as a paving stone. The Black one is easy to absorb heat, so I do not recommended it.

The porous stone formed after the volcanic eruption is very precious. When erupting, the magma that erupts has gas slag, solid magma. Temperature and pressure drop rapidly, chemical and physical changes take place, so the magma becomes volcanic. It contains a large amount of silicon, potassium, sodium, iron, magnesium, 26 kinds of mineral elements, as well as copper, zinc, chromium, nickel, manganese and so on. After heating, the volcanic rock will release a large number of misty energy ions, which will produce magnetic effect, thermothermal effect, cold and hot effect. Volcanic rocks are rich in trace elements, which are also produced by their accumulation. However, they are heavy and heavy, so after watering for a while, they will sink to the bottom...




Akadama, aka red ball earth, is a naturally occurring, a granular clay-like mineral used as soil for bonsai trees and other container-grown plants. The king of weak acidity, water retention, and breathability, made from volcanic ash and widely cultivated in Japan. Obvious discoloration after water absorption can help observe the degree of dry and wet soil and judge the watering cycle. Akadama's color darkens when moist which can help the grower determine when to water a tree.However, it is easy to cause soil compaction due to pulverization, so it is not recommended to use in large amounts.



Ceramsite is used as pelvic floor stone commonly, it is pad in pelvic floor. Most of the appearance features are round or elliptic spheres, but some imitators are not round or elliptic spheres, but irregular gravel shape, very hard, usually on the bottom of the pot ceramic, can prevent the root from overwetting.



Vermiculite Soil has a mica-like structure, in fact, is also very easy to break, will expand after absorbing water, characteristics, water retention, very water retention. It is a hydrous phyllosilicate mineral that undergoes significant expansion when heated. Exfoliation occurs when the mineral is heated sufficiently, and commercial furnaces can routinely produce this effect. Vermiculite forms by the weathering or hydrothermal alteration of biotite or phlogopite. The comprehensive character is slightly better than perlite, which can be used to regulate soil moisture. Each peddler quality is uneven, the difference is very big, the individual feels the color is lighter the better the harder, that kind of brown broke open at a moment.


Kanuma Pumice

Kanuma Pumice is produced in the Tochigi and Ibaraki areas, with particularly high quality soil yielded in the city of Kanuma, hence the name Kanuma soil. Its geological name is Kanuma pumice, and its primary components are silica and aluminum. It is acidic (pH 4 to 6), and mainly used for succulents, satsuki azalea and rhododendron bonsai. Is a rare material, produced in the volcanic mountains, is generated by the lower volcanic soil, in the form of volcanic sand, PH is acidic, has a high permeability, water retention and ventilation, trace element level is ok, but not as Akadama. Kanuma Pumice is not very uniform in size and has many holes. Personally, I do not like to use it as paving soil because it is too easy to pulverize the granules.



Perlite is a volcanic eruption of acid lava, rapidly cooled into vitreous rock, named for its pearl-fissured structure. Perlite is the cheapest particle, light in weight, very easy to float when watered, so many people think it is foam, so it is not very useful particles... Personally, I don't like it.


Green Zeolite

In fact, Green Zeolite is pumice and zeolite, it is named based on its colour, has the same effect with pumice, which is the good insect control and decorative effect.


Ceramic Nutrient Soil

Ceramic nutrient soil is not the granular soil but the fertilizer, it has good water retention and adsorption, can absorb the moisture in the air and harmful gas, used as a plant matrix, have loose breathe freely, do not harden, not pulverization, and clean sanitation, the advantages of no breeding ground for the flies, but also rich in fleshy plants need to grow all kinds of nutrients and trace elements.



This is the regular fertilizer, which good for succulents to grow.



If you are a freshman to the succulent world and the soil above make you confused, you can choose Mix Lava Soil, we mix everything listed altogether used our own formula, which can make sure your succulents can be well fertilized.

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