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We usually get asked about how and when to repot succulents. While it may sound intimidating and difficult, repotting succulent does not take much effort to be done properly. Follow this article to find out the important things you need to know about repotting.
Repotting succulents is not as hard as you think
There are various reasons why it's necessary to repot your succulents. But no matter what the reason is, it’s always best to do it right before their growing season, which usually happens in early spring or early fall to most succulents. This way, the succulents will have enough time to recover from the repotting.
Signs to help you determine the right time when to repot:
The answer is no. Dormancy is the period when plant is alive but is not actively growing. Risking repotting them might disrupt their growing cycle and could do some harm to your succulents. Most succulents are either summer- or winter- dormant, hence make string and fall the perfect time for a little repotting. Repotting summer-dormant succulents in the fall and winter-dormant ones in the spring with give them time to get used to the new pot and soil before growth season.
On average, you should repot your succulents every two years to make sure the soil is fresh and fertile and there is enough space for the plant to grow. Timing is also an important factor you should care about. We would recommend repotting in growth season (usually spring or summer) so that the damage to the plant will be kept to minimum and the plant has more survival chance.
So, the next step would be to prepare the succulent that needs to be repotted and all the materials you'll need.
Step 1: Remove the plant from the old pot.
Start by turning the plant sideways and grabbing the plant at the base of the stem. Tap the bottom of the container, then shake it a little bit. You may also use either a stick or your hands to help loosen the soil, then give the stem a gentle pull to help remove the plant from its old pot. If you are still unable to remove the succulent, you may also poke through the drainage holes using chopsticks to loosen the soil more.
You may choose to break the old pot instead by carefully hammering it. Although you'd be sacrificing it, this would allow you to remove the plant from its old pot without hurting its root system.
Step 2: Clean and dry the root system.
After getting the succulents out of the old pot, the next thing you should do is to remove as much soil as you can off the roots by simply brushing them away or giving the roots a gentle tap or tickle. If you choose to clean the roots with water, make sure to let them dry in a cool place away from direct sunlight for about 3 to 5 days. Additionally, you may trim the roots of your succulents in case they have become too long.
Step 3: Put the plant in a new pot.
Before you plant your succulent, fill at least two-thirds of the new pot with soil mix. Once done, gently place the succulent in the center and cover the roots completely by adding more soil. Make sure the leaves of the succulent sit completely above the soil, to prevent rotting.
How to repot cactus
The same steps above apply if you are to repot a cactus. Just make sure to use a kitchen tong or wear gloves, like a gardening gloves, work gloves, or leather gloves, before you proceed with the steps below to avoid getting pricked with the thorns.
How to repot succulent arrangements
Repotting succulent arrangements, on the other hand, is quite difficult. But to make it easier, carefully remove each plant from the old pot so you wouldn't break any of its roots. Do this by making cuts through roots and soil, then removing any of the old dirt off as much as you can from the roots. Once you are done, closely inspect the roots of your succulents before placing them in their new pot. In case you see that the roots of 1 or 2 plants are damaged, make sure to leave them out of the pot for about 2 to 3 days or until they callous over.
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While repotting succulents is not hard, it is crucial that you should follow the instruction carefully. However, succulent is a resilient plant, so if you just want to switch from your current pot to other cute pots, do not be afraid to experiment and have fun with the plant. Good luck!
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