How do you repot a succulent?

How do you repot a succulent featured

Choose the right time and pot

When repotting a succulent, timing and pot selection are crucial. The best time to repot a succulent is during its active growth period, which typically occurs in spring or early summer. This is when the plant is actively producing new roots and foliage, making it more resilient to the stress of repotting.

As for the pot, it is important to choose one that has drainage holes. Succulents are prone to root rot if their roots sit in water for extended periods. A pot with drainage holes allows excess water to escape, preventing waterlogged soil and ensuring the succulent’s roots stay healthy.

Prepare the succulent and potting mix

Before repotting your succulent, it is essential to prepare both the plant and the potting mix. Start by gently removing the succulent from its current pot. Gently tease the roots apart to loosen any compacted soil.

Next, prepare the potting mix. Succulents thrive in well-draining soil that doesn’t retain excess moisture. A common mix for succulents consists of equal parts potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand. This blend provides the necessary drainage while still retaining some moisture for the plant.

Repot the succulent

Once the succulent and potting mix are prepared, it’s time to repot the plant. Place a layer of the potting mix at the bottom of the new pot, ensuring it covers the drainage holes. This will prevent the soil from escaping while still allowing water to drain.

Hold the succulent upright in the new pot and fill in the space around it with the potting mix. Gently press the soil down to secure the plant and remove any air pockets. Be careful not to bury the succulent too deeply, as this can lead to root rot.

Allow the plant to adjust

After repotting, it’s important to allow the succulent time to adjust to its new environment. Place the newly repotted plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, as the plant may be more susceptible to sunburn during this period.

It’s best to refrain from watering the succulent immediately after repotting. This allows the plant’s roots to settle and reduces the risk of overwatering. Wait a week or so before resuming regular watering, and be sure to follow the specific watering requirements of the succulent species.

Maintain proper care after repotting

Once the succulent has adjusted to its new pot, it’s essential to maintain proper care to ensure its continued health. Here are a few key tips:

  • Watering: Succulents do best when their soil is allowed to dry out between waterings. Only water when the top inch of soil feels dry, and be sure to water the plant thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot.
  • Lighting: Place the succulent in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Most succulents thrive in bright light conditions, but direct sunlight can scorch their leaves.
  • Fertilizing: Succulents generally don’t require frequent fertilization. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength and apply it during the plant’s active growing season.
  • Monitoring: Keep an eye out for signs of overwatering or underwatering, such as wilting, yellowing leaves, or root rot. Adjust your watering routine accordingly to meet the needs of your succulent.

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