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