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Jul 13, 2010 6:25 AM CST
Name: Ken Zone 7b/8
Snellville, GA
tomatofreak wrote:

Are you sure "crushed granite" is as fine as chicken grit? In this part of the country it's also known as 1/4 minus, granite with pieces as big as 1/4 inch but mostly fines.

When you say Turface is non-clumping kitty litter, do you mean the old-fashioned clay litter? Like the original Johnny Cat?

I am doing so badly with succulents and the like that I really need to make my own 'soil'; I just want to be sure I do it right.

Tomatofreak....sorry to get back to you so late, but yes chicken grit is crushed granite (small size) and turkey grit (larger size) is granite also available at most feed stores called Grani-Grit. The cheap kitty litter "Johnny Cat" is fired clay with no clumping formula. Do not use the clumping type kitty litter. If you go with Johnny Cat you'll be okay. Succulents need fast draining soil. Sand works as well with a little chicken grit mixed in. I think the biggest problem with succulents is over-watering in heavy soils and under-watering in light soils. I've lost a few myself until I discovered this. Also what will determine your frequency of watering is if it's exposed to full sun or shade. Let them dry out between watering in any case. They do not like consistently wet soil. Hope this helps.

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