If you’ve been growing succulents in pots, you’ve probably been asking yourself whether they need to be repotted. This useful guide will answer your questions and teach you how to identify the reasons for repotting. Read on to learn how and when to repot succulents.
There are several reasons why you should repot your succulents. They are quite straightforward, but we’ll explain why it’s important to repot your succulents in these situations.
When you buy a new succulent, it is very important to replant it as soon as possible. The pot and the soil from the nurseries are usually not suitable in the long run. There are several reasons why you should repot your newly purchased succulents.
Just like any plant, a succulent can overgrow its pot. In that case, the roots don’t have enough space to grow and develop normally, and the entire plant will just stop growing. The succulent can become root-bound, with roots so tightly entangled that water can’t reach them. Sometimes the roots even stick out of the holes at the bottom of the pot.
Your succulent needs room to grow healthy. Repot your succulent in a larger pot and you will notice how your it will bounce back just in a few days.
As with any plants, the first sign of pest infestation is an alarming situation and you should act immediately. There are plenty of organic and safe ways to treat your infested succulents, but sometimes spraying the leaves just isn’t enough. Even if you treat your infested succulents with an insecticide, the infestation is usually set dip into the soil.
Often pests are hidden or they leg eggs in the soil. If you repot the infested succulent and plant them into new, fresh, and healthy soil, the chances for recovering are much better.
Some succulent types like Gasteria, Haworthia, Echeveria, or Aloe, propagate through offsets also known as pups. When these pups emerge from the mother plant and become mature enough to be propagated, the pot can become a bit overcrowded.
In order to detach these new plants from the mother plant, you’ll need to dig up the entire plant. Cut or remove the pups carefully and plant each plant in a separated pot.
Every potted plant should be repotted now and then, even when there isn’t any particular reason for that. Most of the plants need repotting once or twice in year. The same goes for succulents.
Even if your plant is doing just fine, it would probably benefit from new soil. If you simply change the soil regularly, your succulent will get a bunch of beneficial nutrients from time to time.
Succulents should be repotted during their inactive growth season, but just before they’re about the enter their active season. Do not repot them during the dormancy phase or growing season. Of course, if a situation is serious like pest infestation and requires an immediate repotting, it’s better to repot at any time than to leave your succulent at the mercy of pests.
Summer-dormant succulents are regularly repotted in the fall while winter-dormant succulents should be repotted in the spring. This way a succulent will have some time to recover from the shock of replanting before the active growth season starts.
If your succulent is in its flowering stage, do not repot it.
Repotting a succulent is quite easy, but a few tips will help you to do this task properly.