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Can I Use Regular Potting Soil For Cactus

Potting soil is essential for the health of your cactus. It must be light, well-draining, and high in organic matter. Regular potting soil can work, but it’s often too thick and dense to allow air and water to pass through it. This causes your cactus to become stressed out and can even lead to its death.

Using a special cacti and succulent mix is the best option, but if you’re on a budget, you can use regular potting soil and just make some changes. A good choice is to combine it with half perlite or vermiculite for better aeration. You could also add some coarse sand, perlite, bark chips, or gravel for additional drainage properties.

Mix in 1/3 peat moss or coco coir to increase porosity of the soil; this helps retain moisture while still allowing sufficient water drainage. Then add nutrients such as slow-release fertilizer and fish emulsion to provide adequate nutrition for your cactus.

When repotting your cactus plant into regular potting soil, ensure that the mixture is evenly spread throughout the container before adding in the plant itself—and keep in mind that more is not necessarily better! Too much soil creates clumping, which impedes badly needed aeration and may cause root rot diseases in your plant over time. Therefore, use caution when using regular potting soil for your beloved cactus plants!

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