Fancy making up succulent displays of your own and wondering what soil to use? Of course, there are the standard succulent and cactus mix compost bags in the shops however, every succulent lover and pro mixes their own. This is mainly because a home-made mix can provide optimal drainage for your succulents, preventing eventual root-rot. From experience, succulents will last a lot longer in a special mix rather than a generic shop-bought bag. Stacey's Special Soil Mix contains alpine compost, perlite, horticultural sand and some small pebbles.