J & J Cactus and Succulents Soil Mix
My base is Metro-Mix 366.
My coarse materials are:
Pumice - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumice - I buy it in bags when I go out to Tucson. From Toro Brand, Triple A Fertilizer Co. – Cell Phone 520-574-0040 – Must pre-order bagged pumice.
Perlite - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perlite - I buy it in bags from American Plant Products a wholesale greenhouse supplier in Oklahoma City. 405-787-4833
Osmocote 13-13-13, time release fertilizer – I buy it in a 50 pound bag from American Plant Products a wholesale greenhouse supplier in Oklahoma City. 408-787-4833
Terface – Baked Clay used on Baseball Fields – I buy it in bags from American Plant Products a wholesale greenhouse supplier in Oklahoma City. 408-787-4833
Crushed Granite – Found at Landscape supplies – Sometime found at feed stores to feed to poultry. Could be used as coarse materials.
I mix my soil in a wheelbarrow. I put in the wheelbarrow two- 2 gallon bucket with Metro-Mix 366 add one-two gallon bucket with mixed of terface and perlite. Use Pumice to replace Terface if you have it. Then I mix the Metro and the other two ingredients together. I also add Osmocote 13-13-13, a time release fertilizer. Mix well and away we go!
If I’m planting cacti, sometimes I add more coarse material.
Remember everyone’s growing conditions are not the same, so you need to find out what type of soil mix works for you!
Pea Gravel – For top dressing after potting.
Other things that may help with bugs.
Look for products that has Imidacloprid. Imidacloprid it's a systemic.
Works great on mealybugs, scale, aphids and whiteflies before they get wings.
Make sure you keep the ants under control. They like to move around mealybugs and aphids.
Hope this is helpful!
J & J Cactus and Succulents