You had a great time building your Terrarium with friends at a Plant & Wine Down event, You brought home an adorable and creative terrarium and learned how to water and care for your succulents and cacti. Your succulents grew! and now you’re thinking about transferring your succulents and cacti in to a pot.
Sometimes you just gotta get down and dirty! Although many succulents and cacti actually like a tight place, there will come a time when you need to transfer, or maybe you just want to take it out of it’s current terrarium and put it in something different.
How do you know when a succulent or cacti needs transferring? Here are a few signs:
If you can see that the roots are tightly packed or sticking out of the drainage holes
If when watered the water just sits at the top of the soil and doesn’t soak through
When the plant looks like it’s too big for the terrarium
Or if the soil has become poor quality, such as it dries out quickly or has come away from the sides of the pot.
A general rule of thumb is to repot every two years, at least as a way to provide fresh fertile soil. The best time to repot is at the beginning of a succulent’s growing season for the highest chance of survival. Early spring is the optimal period for most cases but take note, some do start growing in autumn or winter.
You will need:
•Succulent and Cacti Soil Mix
•A Pot of Choice - with Drainage Hole
Step By Step
1. Remove the plant from its original terrarium. You'll see that the root system is really packed.
2. Open up the compacted soil around the succulents or cacti and try to gently spread out the roots. Clear away the old soil but be careful not to pull too hard or break them. It's helpful to use a stick to remove the old soil. Also look out for dead roots, which should be pruned off. You'll want to choose a pot that's bigger than the current one, but not too big.
3. Place the gravel at the bottom of the pot with a small hand shovel for drainage. Fill the pot halfway with soil or a mixture of (a mixture of 1/3 sand and 2/3 soil is ideal), put the plant on the mixture and add more to the top. You want to press the soil gently down so as to make it compact again. Do not water the succulents immediately after re-potting. Wait a week to give them some time to adjust to the new soil or 7 days.
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