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Transplanting Succulents

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Transplanting Succulents

It the time! Time for transplanting succulents that have to be taken indoors for the winter months.

It the time! Time for transplanting succulents that have to be taken indoors for the winter months.

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


SOIL:
I like to start with an organic cactus mix and add sand and pea gravel to it. Succulents seem to thrive in soil that is gritty and drains well.

SOIL RECIPE: 
• 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.


Planting Time

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

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.


Making Succulent Babies

Making Succulent 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 of taking root.

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 leaf from rotting and gives it a better chance of 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.

Roots Are Forming
In a week to ten days when if 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 at looking closely.


Growing babies from healthy succulent plants,

Step #3 – 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.

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


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