Usually, when you purchase a succulent from a plant nursery, they come in a plastic bag-like container which is really not pleasing to the eye. It does not allow water drainage and limits the growth of the plant. The soil mix used in the plant nursery also doesn’t suit the needs of the succulent, as it requires well-drained and airy soil.
Once you have brought your succulent home, it’s better to re-pot it in a better pot with a suitable soil mix. The terra cotta planter is considered best for planting succulents, but you can use any pot as long as it has a drainage hole. You should re-pot a succulent after every 12 to 18 months for its better health.
This article will discuss all the vital information that you should know regarding potting a succulent.
Potting Succulents Outdoors
Re-potting a succulent isn’t as easy as you think. It involves some really crucial steps which, if not followed, may harm your succulent. Below are all the steps for potting succulents that require your attention.
1. Removing the plant from the Nursery pot
The first step is to remove the succulent from the nursery pot and to get rid of as much soil as you can as you know that the nursery soil is not suitable for the succulent. You might slightly damage the roots of the succulent in the process of removing the soil, but don’t worry about it.
2. Making a Mesh over the Drainage Hole
The pots’ drainage holes are large enough that the soil’s notable bits start leaking out of the pot. Thus it is important to somehow make a mesh over the drainage hole to prevent the loss of soil. You may still lose some dust but that would not be a major issue. A mesh screen does the job quite well as it prevents the large chunks of soil from leaking out.
3. Filling up the Pot with Succulent Soil
Once you are done with the previous step, it’s time to add the soil to the pot. Take your soil mix and fill up the pot with it. Leave a little bit of room at the top so the succulent can be placed comfortably in the pot.
4. Placing the Succulent
Place your succulent inside the pot but make sure to center it. Hold the succulent as it would fall if you leave it. Try to be gentle while placing the succulent in the pot as you may break off the roots if you’re not careful.
Ensure your succulent is healthy. If it has damaged roots, you should wait for 1 or 2 days, so the roots have time to heal and settle. Watering immediately after potting might increase the chances of root rot. You can read this article on how to water succulents for more information about watering succulents.
Tips that play an important role in Potting
Specific tips will help you in selecting and making the perfect pot for your succulent. So your succulent can live a happier and healthier life. Take a look at the tips given below.
1. Choose the right Type and Size of the Pot
The pot’s material doesn’t matter as long as it is well-drained due to the presence of a drainage hole at the bottom. According to some people, the size of the pot doesn’t matter, but it actually matters. Succulent roots are shallow and don’t penetrate deep into the soil, which means that you really don’t need a large pot and lots of soil. The size of the pot should only be enough to allow the roots to freely grow without hindrance.
2. Selecting the Most Suitable Soil Type
Succulents require soil that is well-drained and airy as they don’t like to sit in wet soil. Wet soil attracts pests and can also cause root rot.
Soil should contain a low amount of organic matter because organic content holds water. Therefore organic soil has less drainage than soil with little or no organic matter. Even though succulents require good drainage, you should not use fine sand as it will drain all the water before the succulent can absorb it.
3. How to Arrange Succulents in Pots
You can plant one or more succulents in a pot. But you may need to consider the size of the pot. If you’re planting an individual succulent, you should try to keep the roots intact with the succulents as much as you can.
If you’re planting multiple succulents, it is better to break some roots. While arranging, you should keep the biggest succulent in the center and the small ones around it. Dig a small hole before planting every succulent so the succulent fits properly in the soil.