How To Repot Overgrown Succulents

Your succulents may become overgrown after a number of years. You can repot them into a bigger container with fresh soil to make sure that the light and soil nutrients are ideal for their health, so don’t worry. How can I repot succulents that have outgrown their containers?

  • All plants should be carefully removed from the old container by pulling from the stem’s base.
  • Partially fill the new, larger container with a sandy, permeable soil, such a cactus/succulent potting mix.
  • With pruning shears or a fresh set of scissors, remove any undesirable leaves, then arrange the plants in the new container.
  • Completely fill the container with soil; if you want to add decorations, cover the soil’s surface with a top dressing.
  • Place them in the recommended lighting conditions, let them dry for one to three days, water deeply, and then wait until the soil is totally dry before watering again.

As you can see, once a succulent plant becomes overgrown, you may easily repot it. They are among the most adaptable and simple plants to grow. Succulents enjoy the sun and thrive under the right lighting conditions.

How can a succulent that has grown out be replanted?

After a few years of vigorous growth, succulents can become overgrown and root-bound. Repotting them into a bigger container with new soil, pruning the leaves sparingly, and making sure the light and soil nutrients are ideal will all help them look better.

How to Repot Overgrown Succulents

  • Gently remove each plant from the old container by gently pulling from the base of the stem.
  • Partially fill the new, larger pot with a grittier, better-draining soil, such as a potting mix for succulents and cacti.
  • With a fresh pair of scissors or pruning shears, remove any unwanted leaves, then position the plants in the new pot.
  • Soil should be poured into the pot to the last bit.
  • Optional: Apply a top dressing to the soil’s surface.
  • Place in the Appropriate Lighting (see succulent product page)
  • When the soil is totally dry, wait until it has been let dry for 3–7 days before deeply watering it again.

How is a lanky succulent transplanted?

When cultivated in the right lighting conditions, succulents adore the sun and thrive. However, you’ve probably cultivated or observed a lanky, stretched-out succulent. In the area you have, these lanky or etiolated succulents aren’t getting the proper amount of light.

Not just succulent indoor plants experience this behavior. You may have seen how your plant stretches to reach as close to the sun as it can by bending toward it. As they extend toward the sun, succulents get taller and spread their leaves farther apart.

The compact shape of etiolated succulents won’t return, but you can give them a trim and grow additional succulents from the cuttings.

How to disassemble the plant and begin reproducing it in order to try again is demonstrated in this video by Laura from Garden Answer.

  • Clear the foliage. Cut the roots and wholesome leaves from the succulent’s bottom half with pruners or by snapping them off. Get a break that is as spotless as you can to promote new growth. Get rid of your leaf if it tears. Up to a little bit after halfway up, remove leaves. To understand how to cut the stem and transplant it with the remaining rosette at the top, see to step three.
  • Dry the leaves. After removal, let the leaves dry for a few days or until the raw ends have calloused.
  • Replant the stem. New roots will be able to sprout if the stem is planted farther below where the leaves were removed. Simply clip the stem 1-2 inches from the plant’s base if it is too long for the pot. It’s alright if you have no stem at all. Simply bury the rosette in the ground to prevent it from falling out.
  • Prepare to expand. A tray, saucer, or other container containing Espoma’s Organic Cactus mix should have dried leaves on top of it. Avoid burying leaves in the ground. Put the container in a location that will shield it from direct sunlight.
  • Spray the ground until it is damp but not soaked. When the soil seems dry to the touch, rehydrate it.
  • Wait. There will be new baby roots that appear in about a month.
  • Replant. You can replant your propagated succulents once they have established roots. Put them on display in a recycled planter.
  • The roots should be examined every six months to determine whether you need to transfer your plants to a larger pot. Espoma’s Cactus can be used to routinely feed your succulents. For optimal results, use liquid plant food.

How are elongated succulents repotted?

It consists of these four simple steps:

  • Trim the stem to a length that will fit in your new pot.
  • Get rid of any extra leaves beneath the main rosette.
  • Dry everything for a couple of days.
  • Replant your succulents and cactus in new potting soil.

Step One: Cut

If you have a longer stem to deal with, that will assist it get nicely anchored into your new pot. You may truly cut the stem anywhere and it will start to sprout roots out of the sides and bottom after you replant it. You can just nestle the succulent’s base deep into the earth for replanting, or you can use a stem as short as an inch. To create cuts like these, always use clean, sharp pruning shears. These pruning shears look to be an upgrade of the ones I’ve had for ten years and use every day and adore.

Step Two: Remove Excess Leaves

Remove any leaves that are below that in order to form a wonderful rosette formation, similar to what you presumably had when you initially purchased your succulents. Save those leaves because they may be planted in soil and will each produce a new succulent plant.

Step Three: Dry

Any cuts or cracks you create in a succulent should be left exposed for one to two days. This enables it to sort of scab over and guards against bacterial infections that may happen if the succulent is exposed to any excess moisture. The chances are good that your freshly cut succulents will still dry out without first allowing them to air dry; however, it will take a little longer for the cuts to close up and you run a slight danger of something going wrong. But it’s up to you!

Step Four: Replant

Replanting your succulents into a fresh pot using cactus/succulent potting soil is the last step. This is quite simple. Simply poke a small hole with your finger and put the plant’s stem into the soil. The added benefit is that, while they adjust to their new surroundings, you don’t even need to water them for a week!

Can you prune succulents that have grown too large?

Succulents benefit most from pruning at the start of their growing season, although you can prune them at any time. If you prune around the end of the growing season, new growth might not appear as rapidly, but it will develop gradually and accelerate once they begin to grow vigorously again.

There are numerous succulents that grow best in the summer, but there are also quite a few that grow best in the winter. To determine when your succulents are actively developing, check at this dormancy table.

My succulents are often pruned in the spring, after spending the winter indoors. Typically, they become quite stretched out and lose some of their initial beauty.

I can freshen the arrangement by pruning them without needing to buy new plants. It’s a fantastic approach to grow your garden!

Can you replace a succulent after cutting off the top?

Your succulent won’t appear as stretched out and leggy when you remove the top and transplant it in soil. Grab a good pair of gardening shears or a knife. Additionally, you should put on gloves. Succulents can irritate your skin since some have milky sap while others have thorns.

Why is my succulent gaining height rather than width?


Your succulent does it appear different? Are you perplexed as to why it is becoming so stretched-out, tall, and leggy?

Your succulent is experiencing etiolation if it is expanding vertically rather than horizontally. Your succulent needs more light, to put it simply.

Sadly, damage that has already been done cannot be undone. But it can bounce back. Your stretched succulent can be propagated, which will result in more plants. Win!

Let’s examine this stretched Crassula perforata more closely. Find out what caused this to happen and how to solve it.

Visit How to Grow Succulents Indoors to catch up on general care for succulents.

Before repotting, should you loosen the roots?

Most healthy plants grown in containers eventually outgrow their containers. Repotting a rootbound plant is a fantastic approach to give it new life. Repotting container plants was something I did a lot of while I managed a greenhouse.

The first step is realizing when it’s time to repotted. Roots that are densely packed inside of a pot or sticking out of drainage holes, soil that dries out rapidly, soil that has degraded, and water that remains on the soil’s surface for an excessive amount of time after watering are all warning signals. Most of the time, a plant just appears top-heavy or as like it might burst through the container. The optimal time to repot the majority of plants is in the spring or summer, when they are actively growing. However, when the need arises, plants can typically manage repotting.

When a plant is prepared for repotting, the soil should slide out intact. The plant might not require repotting if a large portion of the soil separates from the roots. If it does, there will probably be a substantial soil and root mass that resembles the pot that was just removed. The roots ought to be white or light in color. Roots that are black, gloomy, or smell bad are typically indicators of a major issue, such a fungal illness. The removal of a plant from its pot is the next phase. It is beneficial to adequately hydrate the root ball in advance if a plant is rootbound. Invert the pot and use one hand to hold the top of the root ball for plants in small to medium-sized pots. With your other hand on the pot’s base, pitch the pot downward before stopping abruptly. After one or two throws, many plants will escape. If not, while still holding the pot in both hands, tap the edge against a solid surface, such a potting bench. To free the plant, you might need to give it a couple solid blows; take care not to crack the pot.

Roots that are tightly packed in a pot don’t absorb nutrients well. Trim the roots and loosen the root ball before replanting to encourage good nutrient absorption. For this task, use a sharp knife or pruning shears, and if required, remove up to the lowest third of the root ball. If you chop off a dense tangle of root tissue, don’t be shocked. Additionally, cut the remaining root ball three to four times vertically, about a third of the way up.

To assist prevent the plant from strangling itself as it develops with its own roots, cut through any circular-growing roots. Remove the outer layer by shaving or peeling it away if the roots are thick along the sides of the root ball. Or use your fingers to gently detangle the root ball as if you were mussing someone’s hair. The upper border of the root ball should also have this done.

The new pot’s size should be determined by the plant’s potential growth rate, how well it is now developing, and the intended final size for the plant. rely on your own perception of what a specimen of a specific species should be like in good condition. When in doubt, choose the next larger size of pot.

Cover the pot’s drainage hole(s) with a paper towel, coffee filter, mesh screen, or pot shard to prevent soil from dripping out the bottom. To avoid sealing the hole, if you use a pot shard, place it convex side up. Although it’s customary to place pebbles or charcoal in the bottom of pots, I don’t advise doing so because they obstruct drainage and take up valuable space.

Put a few inches of damp soil in the pot and lightly push it down to repot a small, manageable plant. Set the plant inside the pot, centered. The top of the root ball should ideally rest approximately an inch below the pot’s rim. Gently lift the plant and add more soil if it is buried too deeply. Remove the plant and remove some soil if it is sitting too high, or just throw the soil out and start anew.

Now add soil to the area around the root ball. There are two methods for doing this work, stuffing and filling, as I’ve observed. Stuffers enjoy packing soil tightly around a plant. Fillers prefer to completely fill the pot and allow the soil to settle in over the course of the first few waterings. Although I typically fill in, I occasionally do some work, especially when it comes to top-heavy plants that need to be steadied. Leave some space at the top, whether you pack it or fill it, so that the pot can contain enough water during each watering to completely hydrate the soil.

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How should a plant with lengthy roots be replanted?

Our plants eventually need extra room or a trim because pots don’t grow. Repotting is the answer, but it’s a serious procedure for a plant, and a shoddy job could harm it. Let’s look at how to spot a rootbound plant, why it matters, and the best method for repotting one.

How to repot an unbalanced plant: Examine the roots after gently removing the plant from its container. Open up the tightly packed roots with pruning. Repotting should be done at the same depth as the previous one while being careful not to overpot.

Continue reading to find out how to spot a plant that is root-bound and properly repot it.

When repotting succulents, should the soil be moist?

1. To get started, fill your new planter 3/4 full with pre-mixed succulent or cactus soil, which is often available at any nearby nursery or home improvement store. You can combine standard potting soil and perlite in equal amounts to try making your own soil. Make sure the planter is at least 2″ wider than the diameter of the succulent if you are relocating it to a larger container. Your succulent will have plenty of room to expand and become stable as a result.

2. Remove the succulent from its present container and gently separate the roots. To loosen the roots and remove the soil, you can “tickle” them from the bottom. Consider this phase as a pleasant stretch for the roots. They can stabilize in a larger pot and acclimate to their new soil by being spread out and lengthened. This is the ideal time to remove any dead leaves and brush away any dead roots from the plant’s base. While doing this, be careful to brush away any old or extra dirt.

3. To support the plant, dig a small hole in the fresh dirt, lay the succulent in it, and then gently cover the roots with extra potting soil. Don’t cover any leaves or allow them lay on top of the soil; only add enough to cover the plant’s base. As a result of the leaves absorbing too much moisture from the soil, this will cause them to rot.

4. After the plant has stabilized, you can add colored rocks, pebbles, or sand to give your new succulent plant in a pot a unique touch. Make sure the material drains adequately if you do add something on top so that water can reach the soil underneath.

5. In this case, the situation dictates how to water. Depending on the type of plant and when it was last watered, a succulent that has been repotted may require different first watering. However, it is typically advised to hold off on watering your succulent for at least a week following repotting. Make sure the soil is dry before giving it a good soaking without drowning it.

6. Enjoy your succulent in a new pot! Depending on your environment, sunlight, etc., water your succulent once per week to three weeks to keep it healthy. Water should be applied when the soil is dry. Leave it alone until it dries if it is still wet. They are tough little plants, so try different things to see what works best for your new addition.