Hi Guys 😀
In this weeks Blog I talk about how you can use a certain type of Cat Litter that is made from 100% Molar clay as a grit replacement and also as a top dressing for all of your Cacti and Succulent plants.
I have recently been using this cat litter as a grit and perlite substitute and as a wonderful component of cactus compost for my cacti and succulent plants, I have been using it as a top dressing too 😀 BUT Please note DO NOT use other types of cat litter ONLY ones made from 100% Molar Clay and non clumping, and I will ONLY be recommending the one I use in this Blog as I have been using it myself with great success.
I first heard about using cat litter as a grit and perlite replacement from my Cactus and Succulent Society friends here in Ireland.
My friends had been using a brand of cat litter from Tesco that is made only from 100% molar clay and sold as Tesco ‘Low Dust Lightweight Cat litter. Tesco is a common Supermarket chain here in UK and Ireland, but sadly Tesco have now discontinued this brand of cat litter and it is no longer available.
Thanks to my wonderful friend Alex I have found a very good 100% molar clay cat litter replacement. Alex recommended this product to me after using it on his own beautiful succulent plants and Alex has also had amazing success with growing his succulents using this cat litter as a 100% soil alternative and growing his plants in just this cat litter alone and he has noticed such a difference with the roots of his plants being nice and healthy.
The cat litter I am recommending is by Sanicat also sold as Sophisticat and it is the pink non clumping cat litter low dust and sold as 100% molar clay. BUT Please note DO NOT use other types of cat litter ONLY ones made from 100% Molar Clay and ones that are non clumping and non perfumed, and although this cat litter does have a very light perfume it is harmless to your plants and goes away after the first watering.
It is so important that you only use the brand I am recommending or a cat litter that you know is definitely a non clumping 100% pure molar clay variety as any other types of cat litter are intended for cat litter trays and not cacti and succulents and all other types of cat litter are sold for cats and are not suitable for cactus soils, therefore any bag of cat litter will not do and can be very harmful to your plants if you use it.
HOW I USE IT AS A SOIL ADDITION
I love to make my own cactus an succulent soil and previously I have always used horticultural sand and grit or perlite and a loam based soil such as John innes number 1, 2 or 3 but for the past 3 months now I have been using this cat litter at a ratio of half and half of 50% cat litter to 50% loam based soil and I mix both of these ingredients equally, and so far I have been very impressed.
I will be busy repotting a lot of my cacti and succulents in the Spring of 2019 as this time of year most of my plants are resting for the Winter, but I am looking forward to seeing how this soil mix of 50% Sanicat pink low dust non clumping cat litter and 50% John innes loam based soil will work for me long term so watch this space guys <3
HOW I USE IT AS A TOP DRESSING
Top dressing your plants is not a necessity but I always think it adds a nice touch to your plants, and also it does help to keep bugs like Fungus flies and Root mealy bug away, but grit can sometimes stay a bit damp for too long on the top of the soil, and because Sanicat cat litter dries very fast once it has been wetted it makes it ideal for cacti and succulents as it does not hold damp for long because it is so fast drying 😀
The natural pink colour of the molar clay adds a wonderful touch for top dressing your plants too 😀
Here is a link to a video I have made for my Cactus and Succulent You Tube channel called Desert Plants of Avalon on How I use this cat litter as a grit replacement and also as a top dressing and I explain in a more detail how I use this product 😀
Thanks so much for reading guys and let me know your views by dropping me a comment below <3 Sending you all lots of love and PLANT POWER from across the Emerald Isle and wishing you all lots of HAPPY GROWING 😀
2 thoughts on “How to use Sanicat / Sophisticat Cat litter made of Molar clay as a soil addition for Cacti and Succulent plants”
I live in Florida in America. We do not have John Innis products. Describe what the soil consist of. I mean is it peat or sand or plain potting soil? Love your videos on Youtube. Thanks, Jim.
Hi Jim 😀 Thank you so much for your comment, and I am so sorry for only seeing this now as I had no notification you had sent a comment, so please accept my apologies. The John innes is a type o pre mixed soil blend that different manufactures use to make up an all round potting compost for indoor and outdoor plants. The John innes soil consists of mostly loam based soil with added sand and just a small amount of peat, The John innes soil that I use is a brand by Arthur Bowers and is a mix of around 70% loam 20% peat and 10% sand, and I then add extra sand and grit or perlite for extra drainage, but with this cat litter I will now be replacing the grit or perlite with this cat litter. You can use any loam based soil though as this John innes is the same as any other Loam based soil but just wiht the extra sand and small amount of peat added 😀 so sorry again for my late reply and sending lots of love and happy growing from Ireland to Florida for a wonderful Monday XXXX Lyn
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