|Repot Me PLEASE!!!|
Here's my approach for dividing and repotting succulents
Inspect Your Succulent Plant
|2-5 possible divisions|
Make sure that the roots are not rotting and identify where you might want to divide the plant. Consider:
- Offsets: The small new plants coming up around the parent are called offsets or pups. You can gently pull these are or cut them from the larger plants. These can be propagated by themselves.
- Number of Divisions: With really large pot-bound succulents with pups look for large plant crowns with roots sustaining out from each one. You're looking for the easiest and potentially a natural point to divide the plant.
Make the Divide
|Cut through roots and |
soil to divide you succulent
The soil is dry and so it will be easy for it all to fall apart. Keep in mind:
- Roots are life: Each division you make needs to have it's own roots - if not, then you are propagating, not dividing & repotting :)
- Reduce Harm: Damaged plants become susceptible to rot, insects and diseases. This is particularly true of slow growing plants that take time to heal.
- Use a Sharp Knife: Get a clean sterile blade and make decisive cuts - as few as possible
In the photo you can see the original cutting used for propagation of this plant - that's the brown dried up one :) It has no roots and created a bit of a void in the pot. The mature plants also clustered out from here.
|Root Care is Critical|
Prepare each Division for Repotting
Now that you have divided, take a few moments to slowly tease apart the division and minimize ripping the roots. In some cases that won't be avoidable I make a best case effort.
|Transplanting / Dividing Succulents|
Place plants in new pots
Consider all the elements of a container garden - such as soil type, pot type and size. Gently place your divisions into the pot making sure to maintain the soil to the same level on the plant - don't cover the crown or leave it too high. Firmly pat down the soil around the plant and then water in.
I spent the day working with my succulents so I have many taking a bath in the kitchen sink :)
|Watering in newly potted succulents|
I'm feeling like a tequila!