Although many cacti and succulents like a tight pot, there will come a time when you need to repot, or maybe you want to take it out of its pot and put it in something nicer. But how do you know when a succulent or cactus needs repotting? 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 sits at the top of the soil and does not soak through
- When the plant looks like it is too big for the pot
- Or if the soil has become poor quality, such as it dries out quickly or has come away from the sides of the pot.
1. Remove the plant from its original pot. You will see that the root system is really packed and has probably been choking in that pot!
2. Open up the compacted soil and try to spread out the roots gently. Clear away the old soil but be careful not to pull too hard or break the roots. It is helpful to use a stick like a chopstick or stick to remove the old soil. Also, look out for dead roots, which should be pruned off. You will want to choose a bigger pot than the current one, but not too big.
3. Fill the pot about ½ full with potting mixture, put the plant on the mixture, and add more of the potting mixture. You want to press the soil gently down to make it compact again. Do not water the plants immediately after repotting. Instead, wait a week to give them some time to adjust to the new soil.
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