About a few months ago I bought and planted some succulents. I love the different shapes they come in and I was determined to keep them alive. I researched how to transplant succulents for a long time before I took them out of their pots. I can safely say they are still green and healthy! I rounded up the tips that I learned here for anyone who is a gardening enthusiast or a new-bee looking for some help.
During my research I found out that the different colours of cacti aren’t just pretty to look at. They have a purpose! If you are going to be keeping your plants indoors make sure you only buy green cacti. The beautiful purple, orange and yellow colours will die if they don’t get enough heat and sun. Since I like to live with my air conditioner on during the summer only green succulents would survive.
1. Replant Buds
Almost all succulents often come with tiny buds growing at their base. These sweet little babies are easy to pull off and will survive if you stick their stems into some dirt. Guess what? Free succulents! I am planning to add a few more varieties and just start my own miniature farm in my balcony.
2. Break up roots
Some of the succulents that you pull out of the pots from the store might have thick roots that seem to be trying to break free of their walls. Although this isn’t just a tip for succulents, any time you are transplanting something be sure to break the roots out of their shape and spread them out a little before introducing them to their new pot. This helps them grow into the bigger pot.
3. Mix dirt and sand
I didn’t read this tip until after my planting job was over and I was in the process of writing this blog but I am going to go back and mix in 1/3 sand to my soil. Succulents are desert plants and the sand mixture will help keep the water in the pot.
4. Don’t water
You read that right! As soon as your new plants are potted you are going to be tempted to fill up a watering can and finish the job. Instead, wait a week before their first watering in their new pots. This will give them some time to adjust to the new soil. Then water them about once in a week. Mine are durable , so even if I forget a week or two they happily bounce back when I remember.
5. Indirect sunlight
Your green succulents will be happy in your home as long as they get enough sun. Don’t keep them in the closet. Put them on a windowsill or a table where they can drink in lots of natural light even when the sun isn’t directly over their pots.
Have fun doing your potting and repotting and let me know if you find out any tips in the process that might help me or others looking for the same.