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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 4, 2017
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pups are doing great! Adult plants in humid environment need 50% pumice amendment.
By Stasya on August 4, 2017
I like it so far! I got my first batch a few weeks ago and ordered a second batch last week. I planted a bunch of newly acquired adult succulents and they seem to be rooting and drinking so far, though a couple leaves have been lost. I expect that's par for the course when you have a plant uprooted, shipped across the country, then planted in new soil in a new environment. It seemed like it could use a bit more pumice or perlite. I amended it with about 25% pumice for my pink moonstones and 50% for my purple split rock. I left it as-is for my pups, which I recently pulled from my sempervivum Hens&Chicks. The pups sprouted roots in less than a week in this soil and seem very happy. I also planted a very young Echeveria Debbie in with the pups, and it's thriving as well. My only concern is that after I opened the second batch, my throat started to feel sore and I felt stuffy, and my boyfriend who was in the room felt the same. I'm wondering if maybe there is some mold happening. It does look and feel exactly the same as the first bag, so there's nothing obviously different. The first order came directly from the seller and the second order was fulfilled by Amazon, so perhaps the bag at Amazon sat longer before getting to me.

Jury is still out on the longterm health of the new adult plants, but I can say with certainty that young succulents are in love with this stuff.

EDIT: I'm having issues with it hanging on to too much water. I live near Washington DC, which is very humid during summer. A sempervivum shows signs of oedema. A small pot of california sunset had some mold grow on the top of the soil. An opalina keeps losing leaves in a way that's consistent with getting too much water. I generally water thoroughly and then wait until the soil is thoroughly dried before watering again, and it's taking 1.5 to 2 weeks to get mostly dry. It is clearly not well-draining enough to deal with my particular environment. I am testing it with an amendment of 50% pumice. My split rock, which I amended with 50% immediately, is thriving, so I'm implementing it on all the adults. My pups are still doing great, so I'm leaving them alone.

I am keeping the review at 4 stars, since it seems like it's more an issue of my location than the quality of the soil. I'll update if I get more information.

Update #2 (11/16/17): Pumice Amendment is working great, and the air is less humid now that it's colder. The soil is drying out much faster, and all my plants are happy. A california sunset and a subsessilis had root rot discovered shortly after my last update, but since I amended the soil there have been no issues. Since the air is more dry, I'm watering every 4-7 days. No root rot in the last couple months, and all the plants have healthy growth. I have been getting some aerial roots, and I'm not sure what that's about, since the plants otherwise look fantastic. I'm still having great success growing pups with this soil, no amendments needed. I even trust it enough to sprout Echeveria Lauii seeds in it, and they're doing great! So, I'm keeping it at 4 stars since for me it's a good soil but needs some extra pumice.
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 21, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great soil
By Amber on January 20, 2017
As a nursery professional and personal plant collector for the past 16 years I'm very picky about my soil. Most cactus and succulent soil on the market is typically very heavy or full of wood chips. I was delighted to find this soil which is both light weight and well draining.

As a note of advice to novices: make sure your pot has a drainage hole. You do not need to put rocks in the bottom of your pot. Once you water your plant the first time a small amount of soil will come out but the soil will cling together inside the pot after that and won't continue to come out. If your pot is glazed clay or plastic it will retain more moisture than an unglazed pot so you will water less often. Make sure you give your plants plenty of bright light and check moisture content by sticking your finger in the soil between waterings. If it is damp do not water! I find people get upset with the soil or the plant when they are killing it by watering too frequently and keeping the roots so wet that they rot. Good luck!
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