Cacti and Succulents like to be in a tight pot but there will be times when you will need to repot one. They do outgrow their pots or you may just want to put them in a nicer pot. Here is a guide for when and how to repot your Succulent or Cacti.
When to repot your Cacti or Succulent
Cacti and Succulents are slow growing plants but they will need repotting at some point, usually every two years. Cacti need repotting less than Succulents in my experience. The best time to repot your plants are just at the beginning of their growing season which is usually in the late Winter or early Spring.
There are some signs to look out for:
- They look too big for their pot.
- Their roots are escaping from the bottom of the pot.
- When you water them, the water just sits there.
- The soil looks like it’s stopped doing it’s job or it drys out quickly.
What you will need
To repot your succulents or cacti, you will need special soil that will specifically suit their needs. This soil is more stony or sandy than usual compost but you can buy it at any garden centre. I like to use terracotta pots but any pots will do as long as they are just a little larger than the pot your plants are in now. You will also need a pot with a good drainage hole at the bottom and some small stones to add to your soil mix. Good drainage is key with growing healthy succulents and cacti.
How to repot your Cacti or Succulent.
1. Carefully take your plant out of it’s original pot (very carefully if it’s a Cacti!). The plastic pot and the green pot are the ones the plant came out of. The larger pot is about the right size for the plant’s new home. Brush away as much as the old soul as you can.
2. Put some stones in the soil mix. You don’t have to do this but adding small stones will help the drainage. Add the soils and plant to the new pot and press down carefully.
3. Do not water your newly potted cactus or succulents for about a week so that they can settle into their new home. You can also dress the top of the pots with small gravel stones. I like to keep the plants on a sunny window sill but not in direct sunlight.
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