Undoubtedly, succulents are the most beautiful addition to our homes. Although they are absolutely fuss-free plants to grow at home, do you know they need occasional replanting and how to replant succulents?
Keep reading further to know about how to replant succulents!
You’re probably reading this article because you love your succulents. And why not? Who doesn’t like these vibrant and lively plants? However, most people fail to nurture their succulents due to lack of some basic knowledge. When it comes to taking care of these plants, replanting them is very necessary. Only a few home gardeners know this and rest make mistakes that result in failed plants.
But you don’t need to worry now, here we will tell you how you can replant your succulents along with several other important tips, common mistakes and their rectification. Keep scrolling and thank us later!
Why Should You Replant Your Succulents?
As we already mentioned, replanting is very necessary for your succulents. It helps them grow healthier and better. And also, it increases the life of your plants.
Apart from these, there are a number of other reasons that require occasional replanting of succulents. This process helps the plants by providing them with a more likeable environment, better soil, extra space and many more. By understanding the following advantages for replanting succulents, you will be able to nurture your plants well.
Provides Extra Growing Space
The most common reason for replanting the succulents, your plants get extra space to grow. After being planted in the same container for so long, the roots of the plant get overcrowded and compacted. This results in poor growth and even death of the plants.
Visible signs that show you to need to replant your succulents include discolouration, shedding of leaves, outgrown plants, compacted soil etc.
Replanting them to a bigger and better planter gives them extra space to grow and also allows the roots to spread freely and promote growth.
Provides With Better And Nutrient-Rich Soil
Replanting the succulents allows you to provide them with a fresh and nutrient-rich soil while replacing the existing poor soil.
After potted for a long time in the same pot gives an invitation to deadly pests, molds and bacteria. The only reason to protect your plant from these attacks is to replace the poor soil. Hence, removing the existing soil and properly cleaning the pot sums up as a great idea.
Allow You To Propagate New Succulents
After your succulent gets matured enough and has developed offsets, you can use them to grow new plants. Moving to another container when the plant has become bushy gives you a chance to divide them into many baby succulents. Each baby succulent will grow better in different containers and you will soon have your own little succulent garden.
Similarly, you can move your plants to different suitable locations. For example, you can move your outdoor succulents indoor or plant your indoor succulents on the ground.
Improves The Look Of Your Succulents
Apart from improving the health of plants, replanting also helps in improving the overall look of the succulents and makes it aesthetically-pleasing. By replanting them, you will be able to replace your old and outdated pots and get new aesthetic planters which look more flattering. There are plenty of special succulent pots and containers in the market also in different shapes and sizes.
You can easily get and plant your succulents into them.
Basically, you can get rid of your broken or unsightly pot.
How To Replant Succulents?
Replanting the succulents is not as hard as it sounds. With a little guidance, you can easily do it. Well, we are here to do the same!
To make it easier for you, we have divided the whole replanting process into three sections :
- Preparing The Succulent Soil
- Steps You Need To Perform
- After Care
Succulents are very easy to replant, but you need to be a little careful. They have very delicate and fibrous roots just below the surface of the pot from where they suckle all the water and nutrients. Hence, never pull them harshly out of the pot, it can damage them. Instead, hold them lightly from the stem and flip the pot. Tap it lightly with your free hand until it comes off easily.
Also, you will need to check the quality of the soil. If it is sandy and has good drainage, you can reuse it by adding some additives or else discard it because you need to make a fresh mix.
Preparing The Succulent Soil:
Different succulent owners have different ideologies while talking about the right soil. Surprisingly, different soil mixes work pretty well. However, one factor is common in all soils: The DRAINAGE ability!
The basic requirements for succulent soil include slow-release organic matter and incredible drainage ability. While organic matter retains just the right amount of moisture, the drainage ability helps the soil to dry out quickly.
You can either use a readymade succulent soil mix or prepare it by yourself. For the latter condition, start with the all-purpose potting mix. You need to improve its drainage by adding certain components.
Take 3 parts of all-purpose potting mix, 2 parts of planting/horticultural (avoid beach sand)sand and finally 1 part of grit (perlite, gravel, pebbles etc). The potting mix already contains organic matter, you just need to enhance its drainage. Keep the potting mix to sand ratio about 3:1.
Steps You Need To Perform :
Take your succulent out of the old pot in case you’re replacing the pot. Do it as mentioned at the beginning. Just make sure you’re not hurting your plant by damaging its roots.
If the roots are wet, leave your succulent for a couple of hours till they get dried.
Now, start by filling a new planter about 2/3rd with the soil mix you’ve prepared. Don’t backfill unlike you do for other plants. Succulents develop with surface roots.
Never ever shove the roots directly into the pots! Instead, put in very softly in circular motions inside the soil. Push it just a little and then cover the plant with remaining soil. Make sure the roots are at the surface and are not visible. Also, don’t bury the green stem.
A good idea is to use special succulent pots as they are shallow and match the needs of the plant.
Lastly, don’t pack the soil with your fingers. Instead, use a fork or a similar object to spread the soil evenly in the planter. If you jam your fingers into it, the air-pockets will get compressed and the soil will become compacted sooner or later.
After Care :
After you’re done with potting, spread some good and colourful pebbles over the top of the pot. It will make it look aesthetic as well as protect the succulents from your pets or children (if any) from uprooting it.
NOTE: If you’re a beginner you can avoid this step as you need to check the moisture in the soil before watering it.
In the case of other plants, we generally recommend finishing the replanting with a generous shower of water for settling down the roots. However, this is not the case with succulents. Leave your plants for a couple of days in the same condition and allow them to become familiar with their new home. The reason is, replanting imposes a shock on the succulents and they don’t absorb much water at the beginning. They need some time to settle. If you water them at this stage, they may rot and die.
So, that was all about replanting your succulents. Pretty easy.. Right?
We receive a lot of complaints from home growers about their failed plants and difficulties while potting them. To help you in that case, we would like to throw some light on the most common mistakes people make while growing their succulents and also providing ways to rectify them.
Common Mistakes Behind Failed Succulents
We know you’ve brought these beautiful plants home with full enthusiasm and it kills while seeing these babies struggle to grow. It stabs right in the eyes on seeing them dying!
By knowing your mistakes you can correct them and provide a new life to your plants.
The three deadly sins most people commit while planting succulents are :
- Overwatering Them
- Using Extra Sandy Soil
- Growing At The Wrong Spot
You’re Over watering Them
This is the number one cause behind the death of succulents. Most people forgot that succulents don’t require as much as water as other plants and they splash a lot of water into them. If you’re doing this, please stop for the love of dear god!
Succulents came from the wildest corners of the earth, from the drought-like conditions. Every plant likes to grow in its own habitats and the environment it is familiar with.
You only need to water them once a week or when the soil dries out completely. The good news is you can even miss watering for some days, it will make your succulents thirsty and they will absorb water better.
During the dormancy, you need to come down by watering once in two weeks.
Water your succulents less often but water them nicely. It is the only key to keep your plants healthy. They prefer their roots to vet drenched and quickly dried before the next watering session. Also, use a spray bottle instead of doting.
Moreover, quickly drain the excess water from the container, they will rot if kept drenched for long. Another thing to keep in mind, provide your succulents with enough air. If you’ve kept them in between large pots or at any corner, consider providing them ample air to breath.
Your Soil Is Probably Too Sandy
First, let us burst a myth that succulents can be grown in the sand alone. It is absolutely wrong!
The main purpose of using sand in the soil is to improve the drainage. No doubt, sand is the most important additive for succulent soil, it does not have any nutrients. Remember, succulents need enough nutrients to thrive.
Therefore, make sure your soil is not too sandy. You can add peat moss to increase the nutrients in your soil. Make a rule of thumb, use half sand and reserve half proportion for nutrients. Also, allow your soil to develop air pockets which helps the roots to dry out quickly. You can even layer the planter with some gravel. But make sure you’re using a pot with a drainage hole otherwise the gravel layer can retain the water and cause rotting of the roots.
Surprisingly, many people unknowingly use garden soil for planting their succulents. That’s no less than a crime!
This packs the roots of succulents and damages them badly. If you’re one of those, you need to replant your succulents ASAP.
An ideal way is to use enough grit like sand pebbles, perlite, bits of rocks to help the drainage and peat moss to provide some better nutrients.
Excess of any one of the two compounds is not going to help. If you use too much grit, succulents will not get their food and they’ll die. On the other hand, if you use too much peat moss or organic matter it will retain extra moisture which will again promote the rotting of roots.
Additionally, you can also spray gentle fertilizers once a year preferably in spring.
You’re Growing Succulents At The Wrong Place
Wrong spot selection may be the reason behind the poor health of your succulents. While growing them protects them for harsh weather conditions, keeping them at extreme corners can hinder their growth.
Ideally, succulents require warm temperatures of about 21-25 degrees C in summer and about 12-15 degrees C in winter. If you’re successful in maintaining these temperatures, nothing can stop your plants from thriving. You might also get rewarded with gorgeous flowers in the spring.
Moreover, the best place to keep them indoors is near a window that receives plenty of sunshine and ample air.
But simply keeping them at any window is not to help because sunlight doesn’t fall evenly everywhere. You need to protect your plants from harsh UV rays however, the window glass intensifies the UV rays and eventually burns the plants.
Therefore, to prevent this issue keep your plants little away from southern and western UV exposure. Your goal is to provide max 6-7 hours of sunlight in a day. Excessive sun can burn your plants.
Useful Tips For Caring Your Indoor Succulents
To finish the post with, we are providing some useful tips for taking care of your potted succulents. You can consider these tips after finishing the replanting process.
1.Don’t Place Your Succulents Inside The Pots Instead Keep Them Above The Rim
Avoid putting the whole plant inside a container. You only need to put the roots on the surface of the soil. Succulents need to sit above the rim of the planter in order to stay healthy. If you keep the plant itself in the lot, the leaves will rot from an excess of water and the plant will not grow. So, always keep in mind the replanting steps and fill the pot partially (not full with soil) and plant your succulent above the surface.
2. Provide Them with Enough Space To Grow
Planting succulents close to each other hinders their growth but they maintain their structure better. Also, it becomes a bit complicated to water them. Hence, provide them with enough space. It will help them to grow faster and they will get more air. Better air means the soil will dry quickly and also, enough space will ensure that light is not blocked by other plants.
However, this doesn’t mean you should space them too far from each other, this will encourage the succulents to develop more roots instead of growing tall. An ideal spacing should be about 2″ to 1″.
3. Try Hanging Succulents For Designing Your Interiors
Allow your succulents to hang over the rim of planters. It is a designing tip rather than a caring tip.
You can get some tailing succulents like “string of pearls” and Burrow’s tail and hang them over the rim of the pot. You can also try hanging them to your balcony to jazz it up.
4. Keep Them At Some Height
By keeping your succulents at some height, you will not only make your interior interesting but you will also be able to protect them from ‘digging – paws’ and bugs.
As a bonus tip, you can also make your succulent arrangement very flattering by keeping them in a sequence like a thriller(taller succulent), then one filler(shorter succulents) and then some little ones. It will create a great look for indoors!
That’s all folks!
Replanting succulents becomes very easy with a little knowledge and guidance.
We have done our part by providing all the necessary information about replanting the succulents and about taking care of them. Now, it’s your turn to nurture your babies and uplift your interiors by keeping them.