How to Repot a Plant – Succulents care – Cactus Care Guide
Here are answers to some questions that people had about repot a plant. I got a request to write about, how to repot a plant, when should you repot a plant. Should I repot a plant after buying it?
So I figured I’d do something nice and quick about general tips and tricks on how I take care of my plants. I figured I’d write about that as well. I mainly have succulents and Cactus. So it’ll be focusing on that. I don’t have a whole lot this is just a tiny bit of my plant collection here, shown in the picture below.
Because I don’t have a lot of space for plants. Most of my plants are kind of like donated or adopted because people just kind of give me their half-dead plants and say I don’t really need this anymore.
You know if you can revive it that’s great. But can you take it off my hands and I end up with quite a few of those plants? So those plants are kind of my patients.
I’ll talk a little bit about repotting plants. When do you do it? Why do you do it? That kind of thing basically when you got a plant from the store it usually comes in a container. That containers sort of like cheap plastic and very thin. They are not very useful really. You can keep your plants in that for quite a while as long as you want really.
But I usually have a tendency to repot my plants after a couple of weeks of getting them from nursery. For a couple of reasons, because those little plastic pots are not really the best. Because I want to take a look at what the roots look like. For example, I repotted almost all of these the other week.
I just got a plant about two months ago and got repotted last week. Then I found out that plant roots were absolutely enormous. They were wrapped all around the edges of the pot.
So the plant got a huge upgrade in terms of pot size. This plant size was like half of that so on the other plants, I have also an Aloe Vera. This plant is also very healthy but the roots of this are pretty small. So it doesn’t really need a huge pot to be happy.
In fact, they’re much happier in a pot that’s actually almost smaller than the actual plant itself. So that’s kind of the other time you repot them is when the plant is outgrowing its pot. Lastly, you usually repot them when they need some fresh soil. When the nutrients and the old soil get kind of dried out and aren’t really useful anymore.
If you want to avoid repotting for that purpose. You just want to get some miracle grow from the store pot. You can just use that instead of repotting plants altogether. So you can save yourself some trouble.
I have a tendency to repot plants once every year and a half or so. Because I want to take a look at those roots and see if everything is still healthy. If it’s all good to go. So those are the main reason to repot plants. when a plant is new every year and a half.
Because Succulents and Cactus grows very slowly. When plants stop growing in the actual pot but you won’t really know the reason, until you take a look at the roots. But sometimes when it’s just getting really enormous.
How to Repot a Plant:
It’s time to know, how do you repot a plant. It’s really really easy. You basically just separate the pot from the plant. You need to shake off as much soil as you can. But you need to be careful not to snap any of the roots. You need to keep the roots as intact as possible.
So you shake off as much as you can. Then you just put it into a brand new pot. Pack it down as much as you can. Get it in there nice and tight, so it’s not wiggling around.
When to Water a plant after repotting?
It’s fairly easy the one big tip about to repot a plant. I will tell you is, never ever to use water during the repotting a plant. And also directly after let them sit and get accumulated in the pot. Get you know nice and happy in their new soil and then water them after about a week or so…!
The reason for that is some of the roots will snap during the process of repot a plant. You want them to kind of heal before you can water them. Otherwise what happens? They have a tendency to rot. To avoid rotting, so yes all of these plants were repotted about a week ago shown in Picture. They’re all nice and happy now.
Which pot to use for repot a plant?
The one thing you’ll notice is that all of my posts are terracotta. They’re sort of clay color (shown in picture). The reason for that, because terracotta is nice and breathable.
Sure they look like that shown in the picture, and they’re really cheap. They’re porous and I find that my plants are much, much happier when they’re in a plastic glass or glazed ceramic pots. I had two planters that I put together at the same time. The plants and the terracotta planter were doing really really well.
The plants look really nice and happy. Whereas the other plants in a glass planter, were just struggling a little, they weren’t very happy. So that was kind of my experience with different kinds of plant pots types.
So I’ve kind of moved over almost entirely to terracotta for everything. Because you can get them very cheap in different sizes and from all over the places. I mean like any hardware store. You don’t like dollar stores carry them. They’re like a dollar per plant pot. So they are really cheap. Let’s go to the other tips.
How to take care of succulents and cactus:
Basically you need three things for the plant.
1- You need the soil for Plants.
2- The water for Plants.
3- The light source for Plants.
These are its three main things. Soil as I mentioned above in repot a plant. The main thing is soil, as I mentioned you can repot your plants every year once in a while, or just give it some feed occasionally the other is water.
So that’s my other really big tip, the number one, the main reason for the death of cactus or other succulents. In my personal experience has been overwatering. Somebody just watering plants to the point where it starts to rot.
I will tell you if a plant dried out you’ve always brought to me, they’re dried out plants. You know I can’t just want this life, I don’t have time to take care of it and they give me their plants.
For example, one was almost entirely dried out and very sad, the plant was kind of drooping over. That was only about a year ago. Within a year that was looking much better. I can see there was some bite marks from animals as well.
After about a year plant looks much better and healthy. The reason for that was if a plant dried out, you can revive a plant that’s dried out. If plant rotten, that’s kind of the end of its life. There’s not really much you can do.
So if you want to avoid rot, as much as you can. Because that’s like the number one killer, is people just overdo it watering.
Cactuses and Succulents don’t need a lot of water. I find in my personal experience, their preferred method of being watered is to just soak them completely. Get the water that runs out from the bottom and then get them completely dry. Let them stay dry for a little while.
So I water my plants, I soak them through maybe once every two weeks to three weeks. Depending on the plant they really don’t need a lot of water. Plants just perfectly happy being, in fact, they’re much happier being dried out than they’re kind of swamped with water.