I've planted some succulents in potting soil and others in cactus mix and they seem to do equally well (as long as I don't overwater and the pot has adequate drainage). Agree, the light is an important consideration.
@gjones Good idea. I love these little experiments. In my version the one on the right is cactus potting soil, the left is a soil free mixture with equal parts kitty litter, coconut coir, pebbles and bark chips
You're probably right. This is a very recent transplant so I'm sure it actually did lose a lot of its fine roots. That combined with using a super fast draining gritty mix makes for a thirsty plant I'm thinking!
The soil vs gritty mix experiment continues! Soil on the left, gritty mix on the right.
Interesting experiment. Please post results. I've changed planting my succulents in a mix of both as I find they dry out way too fast with just the gritty mixture.
@gjones I had the fans experience with gritty mix. I think until the roots develop it just drains too fast. So far the one in soil seems much happier with more new growth.
I've also had success with potting soil over gritty for young plants. A nifty experiment!