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Planting & Repotting

Planting Succulents

So you’ve gotten home and decided that you want to switch up your pot or your plant baby may have outgrown its old home. Here’s a few steps to help guide the repotting process. 

-Soil: Cacti & Succulents prefer a well draining mixture of organic material(peat moss or bark), perlite or pumice, and sand. In general a good succulent soil should contain equal parts organic material and inorganic material(perlite or pumice)with no more than 10% sand. 

-Container: This information does not apply to plants that you’re going to put into the ground. Any pot that you decide to use please make sure that it has a drainage hole. If it doesn’t you can always drill a hole in a pot with a diamond drill bit which can be obtained online or in a big box tool store. A drainage hole is a small hole in the bottom of the pot that allows excess water to drain from the soil. This opening also allows oxygen to circulate through the soil more freely, decreasing drying time and improving the health of the root . Succulents and cacti do not like wet feet. Without a drainage hole the soil will remain wet a lot longer and it can lead to root rot and damage your plant to the point where it will have to be replaced. If you’re upgrading to a larger planter, make sure the pot is about 2” wider than the diameter of the succulent. This allows the plant room to grow and stabilize. 

-Supplies: Bare-Root Plant, Soil, Container 

  1. Fill your pot 3/4 full with either a pre-mixed succulent soil or your own 50/50 mixture. 
  2. Loosen the roots from the bottom of the plant. Shake off as much old soil as possible. Stretching out the roots gives the plant more stability in the pot. Use this time to remove any dead leaves around the base of the plant. 
  3. Dig a shallow hole in the new soil, place your succulent in it, then cover the roots with more potting soil, tamping it down to stabilize the plant. Be sure to add enough soil to reach the base of the plant, but don’t cover any leaves or let the leaves rest on top of the soil. This will result in rotting leaves because they’ll absorb too much moisture from the soil.
  4. Once the plant is stable, you can give your new potted succulent your own personal flare by adding top dressing such as colored river rocks, sand or pebbles. Just make sure that the top layer isn’t it too thick so that the water will drain well and get down to the bottom of the soil for a healthy root system.
  5. It’s very important that you don’t water your freshly potted succulent for several days. Personally, I wait at least two weeks to water. This delay causes the roots to spread in search of water, which ultimately stabilizes the plant.

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