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Transplanting Succulents

Transplanting Succulents

Transplanting Succulents

It is time!  Time for transplanting succulents that I have taken indoors for the winter months.

The succulents need some breathing room and I wanted to trade out the soil for fresh, clean soil after my mishap with Fungus Gnats.

Materials I will Use

I like to start with an organic cactus mix and add sand and pea gravel to it. Succulents seem to thrive in a soil that is gritty and drains well.
• Bag of an organic cactus base mix
• 2 large handfuls of sand
• 2 large handfuls of pea gravel
• Mix soil, sand and pea gravel together in a large bucket 

Be sure to cover any used soil in a plastic container with a tight-fitting cover to be sure nasty fungus gnats stay out of it.

Now begins the fun!  Go and find yourself some interesting and meaningful pots, tins or well, anything to plant in.

Broken Urn - Yes Please


Step #1 – Carefully remove any of the succulents you wish to transplant from the old planter.

Step #2 – Carefully remove all excess soil off the succulent you removed.

Step #3 – Fill new planting container bottom with a little soil.

Step #4 – Place the succulent into the new container adjust the base soil by adding or removing soil to get the plant to sit at the correct height in your new planting container.

Step #5 – Add remaining soil to fill around the succulent. Leave a little room at the top of the container for watering purposes.

Step #6 – Water.

One of My Transplants

The picture above is one of my succulent transplants in an old creamer that I received from my Grandma T. My grandma never threw anything out, she was always looking for a place to repurpose something or recycle.

Long Stem Succulent

Happy to report both the sugar and creamer pieces will line my kitchen window sill as new containers for my succulents for the winter months.

I had a few leaves fall off during the transplanting succulents process and no matter how careful one tends to be, it happens.  The great news is now I can create some babies.

I'm Gonna Make More Babies


Step #1 –  Dry out the leaves for a day or two on a piece of paper toweling.  Just until the bottom is not tender and has a slight scab. This prevents the leave from rotting and gives it a better chance at taking root.

Step #2 – Find a small pot and fill it with soil.  Stick the leave into the soil about a quarter of the way.  Wait for roots.

Planting Lost Leaves

In a week to ten days when you gently tug on the leaves, you will notice resistance.  This means the leaves have taken root.  If you plant your succulent leaves in clear, glass jars you can generally see the roots by picking up the glass container closely.

Once you have well-established roots you can transfer the babies to new containers of your choice.  I normally leave my babies to grow for a month or so after I see root growth and then gently lift them out and transplant them where I wish.

So You Have Roots

That is all there is to transplanting succulents to make them healthier and happier in their new winter homes.

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