A home without any kind of houseplants is no home at all. Adding just a little bit of green to the living room has several advantages. Not only is it aesthetically more pleasing, but it also creates a healthier environment. Supplying even just a little bit of extra oxygen in your home is still an advantage. Unfortunately, many of us do not have enough free time to submit on growing and maintaining houseplants. But, there is a solution to this problem. Instead of planting any kind of regular plants, it is recommended to go with succulents.
Why? Well, mostly because succulents are so much more durable than anything else you can grow. They can strive in almost any climate. It does not matter whether it is hot or cold. They require very little maintenance and very little water which means they will survive even if you forget about them.
However, just because succulents or cacti require little maintenance, does not mean that you should forget about them completely. You should take care of them at least several times a year. One of the things that you will need to do is transplant them. To help you with that, I am going to tell you exactly how to transplant cacti and similar plans to different pots.
Reasons to transplant
Right now, you might be wondering: If succulents require little to no maintenance, why should you waste time transplanting them to a different pot? Well, there are several different reasons and explanations.
Soil degrades over time
It is true that a cactus or anything similar can survive in very bad conditions for years. Even with low-quality soil and little water, it will stay alive.
However, without providing any kind of care at all, your succulents will never manage to grow into anything larger. This is why it is so important to transplant them to different pots to refresh the soil. You could also add a little bit of fertilizer to make sure that you are providing your plant with high-quality soil.
Cannot develop further in a small pot
These kinds of houseplants can stay small in size for a very long time. In fact, they can be in that same shape and size forever. But, is there a reason why you would hinder the progress of the plants? Why not let them grow into something more interesting and beautiful?
To help continue its natural process, you will need to put it in a larger pot. This will allow the succulents to spread their roots even further which will ultimately lead to growth.
Keep in mind, certain types of cacti or other similar plants have a specified maximum growth in height or width.
Signs that you should transplant
Have you finally decided that you should transplant your succulents into a different pot? If you have, it is probably a good idea to learn and understand the signs that it is time to make the transplantation. Here are some of those signs.
- The pot is so small, the roots try to push through the holes on the bottom.
- The plant looks like it is withering even though it gets enough sunlight and water.
- Water goes straight to the soil and ends up in the saucer below the pot.
These are some of those signs that you will need to look out for if you want to save your succulent plant. You can click here and see what kind of maintenance your type of plant really needs.
Make sure that you are always aware of the status of your succulents, otherwise, they will start to show signs of withering after a short amount of time.
Replanting the succulent
With all of the information I shared above, you will now understand when and why you should transplant your houseplants into different pots. But now, it is time to start talking about how to do the transplantation.
The first thing you will need to do is ensure that you have a new pot ready. You can probably buy one from any flower shop nearby or even from hardware stores. Once you have a new one, it is time to remove the plant from the old pot.
Usually, it is best to do this when the soil is a bit dry. Removing it will be seamless when it strives. When the soil was wet, it will require a little bit more tugging. If it is still wet, I do not recommend risking it. Instead, you can use a small stick or even a flat knife and slide it down the sides. Between the soil and the walls of the pot. This will ensure that the entire plant just slides out.
Once it is out, you have two options. You can put it directly into the new pot, add more soil and a bit of fertilizer. The other option is to completely remove the old dirt. The best way to get rid of all the old dirt is by washing it off with water. Give it a short rinse in the dirt will come off.
While the succulent itself is still drying off, put a little bit of soil on the bottom of the new pot. Add the plant, add additional soil, and a bit of fertilizer, if you want. The fertilizer will help keep the soil healthier for a much longer period of time.
Keep in mind, if you rinsed off the dirt with water, it is not a good idea to water the plant once it is in the new pot. This could kill the roots. Instead, I recommend waiting a few days until you can water again.
As you can see, there is a lot of information regarding this kind of subject. But, the more you get into it, the more you will learn and the easier it will get. I hope that this article was informative enough to teach you how to transplant succulents into pots and also the reasons why you should do so.