Today, I decided to replant one of my succulents. She’s quickly outgrowing her small bowl and I advise re-potting them once a year…so it’s about time! Here’s how I did it:
First, collect your materials:
- Bowl, planter or pot
- gravel or aquarium pebbles
- Cactus/succulent soil
- Small planting (shovel) tools
Now, clean out your planter, grab your shovel, gravel and planter. Using the shovel or your hands, fill the planter’s bottom with a few inches of the gravel. This will act as a drainage substrate so water doesn’t pool on the roots and cause rotting, which will inevitably rot the whole plant and cause it to die :( Succulent roots do not like to sit in water and since my bowl of choice doesn’t have drainage this will have to do.
Alright, now that you have the bottom filled with enough gravel start filling the planter with your choice of soil. I personally use Schultz horticultural cactus and succulent soil and have never had any issues with it!
You will want to fill the planter about 3/4ths (not all the way to the top!) because we want to leave some room for the plant and if you fill it all the way up you will have a ton of soil spilling everywhere and no one likes that!
Once you’ve filled the planter, start thinking about the position you want your plant in. On an angle? Straight up? In the middle or off to a side? Be creative! Try something different, if it doesn’t work out it’s not hard to reposition the plant :)
For this particular succulent, I want her right in the middle, at an angle so I prepared the hole to angle the plant.
Now, grab your plant and place it in the hole you’ve made, move it around so it fits correctly and has the stance you desire. Then, grab your handy funnel (I actually don’t have a funnel so I simply made one by cutting the top off of a clean pop bottle and it works great!) and fill in the awkward spaces with your soil.
Look at those beautiful flowers!
After the plant is secured and is at the position you want, you can start thinking about decorations to really make the plant pop! I’m not the biggest fan of the way this soil looks after it dries, so I like covering it up with some more gravel! If you want this look, take your gravel you’ve used for the drainage layer and your funnel and start pouring it all over the top of the soil.
The funnel makes it so much easier to get into those tough corners and around the prickly parts of the plant. Only put enough gravel to cover the top, you want to make sure that the water will get into the soil!
Annnd, we’re done!