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Potting/Repotting Succulents General Guide

Potting/Repotting Succulents General Guide

Here are the steps you can follow when potting or repotting succulents:

1. Select the Right Pot

The size of the pot required for the succulent depends on the size of the plant. As a general rule, the pot should be about 1 to 2 inches larger in diameter than the rosette of the succulent. This provides the plant with enough space to grow while also ensuring that the soil dries out properly between waterings, preventing root rot.

If you're repotting a succulent that has outgrown its current pot, choose a new pot that is just 1 to 2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. This will give the plant enough room to grow without being overwhelmed by excess soil, which can retain moisture and lead to rot.

It's also important to choose a pot with drainage holes at the bottom to allow excess water to escape. This is essential for preventing root rot, which is a common problem in succulents that are overwatered or planted in pots without adequate drainage.

2. Prepare the Soil

Use a well-draining soil mix specifically designed for succulents and cacti. You can also make your own mix by combining regular potting soil with sand or perlite to improve drainage.

3. Remove the Succulent

If you are repotting, carefully remove the succulent from its current pot. Gently shake off any old soil from the roots, and trim any dead or damaged roots.

4. Let it Dry

Allow the succulent to dry out for a day or two before potting it. This helps to prevent root rot.

5. Place in the New Pot

Place the succulent in the center of the new pot and fill in around it with soil. Do not bury the leaves in the soil.

6. Watering

Wait a few days before watering the succulent to give it time to settle in its new pot and to prevent root rot.

7. Aftercare

Place the potted succulent in a bright, indirect light location and continue to care for it as you normally would.

These steps will help ensure your succulent is successfully potted or repotted and continues to thrive.

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