Whether you’re new to succulents or just want to give your current one more space, it’s time for you to grow your first pot. It goes without saying that the best way to create a healthy plant is using organic soil and well-drained pots. Here’s a simple way to make your own succulent pots at the comfort of your home.
Cactus Mix soil – You can get this from any nursery or store that sells succulents. [Not soil for plants like roses]. Sand – This is optional. You can add it if you want more drainage and faster drainage in your pot. Seed Pot – This should be the same size or slightly bigger than the cactus mix pot, [so you can handle it easily]. Potting Soil – Use the same soil as the seed pot.
Step 1: Preparation for Planting
Fill both pots with enough soil to cover it completely. If you want, you can add some more soil to make the succulent pot sturdier and healthier. Mix flower seeds in enough potting soil [so they won’t be startled by sudden dips in temperature] and add to your pots. Then, water your pots thoroughly but remember not too much as succulents dislike waterlogged soil.
Step 2: Planting Your Succulent
Now, you can choose which type of cacti you want to grow. For this tutorial, we will be growing an Echeveria Zuccari. After adding soil and seeds to the seed pot, take one medium-sized rosette [of a medium size] and place it in the seed pot. Take care not to cover the roots with soil as there is only about 1 to 2 inches of root left for air circulation. Water the small succulent pot thoroughly and place in a sunny spot. Do not water it again for at least a month.
After the month, you can test whether or not your succulent is healthy enough by bending a few leaves. If they fall off, then your succulent is still too young to be transplanted into mother pot. Give it another two weeks and water it well every day to keep the soil moist and don’t fertilize yet as it’s still too young. After the month, you can take those succulents out of their pots if you don’t wish to grow them in a bigger pot now.
Step 3: Maintenance
After the cacti have been moved into its new pot, water it with warm water and let it sit for an hour. Don’t water more than once a week as they are newly transplanted. Feed your succulents every two weeks with half-strength organic fertilizer diluted by one-third. Give your new succulent pots plenty of sunlight and keep it in a warm, dry room. After a month, you can add more soil to fill the gaps between the pot and the roots.
Step 4: Tips on Growing a Succulent Pot
– When transplanting succulents, make sure you’re handling them with care. If possible, try not to touch the leaves as they easily fall off when touched.
– Take care not to damage your succulent pot’s roots when you’re transplanting them or else, it won’t grow well.
– Add a layer of sand on top of the soil so you can water your plant more frequently without worrying about waterlogged soil.
– Don’t add fertilizer immediately after you’ve transplanted your succulents since they still need some time to adjust to their new environment.
– Take care not to continuously harvest succulents from their pots, especially after they’ve been in their pots for some time. This can damage the roots and soil.
– Succulent pots need sunlight but not direct sunlight like cacti. If you notice your cactus is getting burnt easily, place it in a shady area.
– To test if your succulent needs water, simply press down on a leaf to see if it bends or stays straight and upright. If it bends and stays in a bent position, it needs to be watered.
– If your succulents die and turn brown or yellow after you’ve transplanted them, don’t worry. Simply put them into a zip lock bag and let them sit for a few days. Then, raise their temperature in bags of soil to hasten the decomposition process for healthy new growth.
– Don’t simply let your succulents sit in their pots when they’re not in use. Keep them clean, moist and well-ventilated or else they’ll suffer from fungal or bacterial infections that are hard to cure.
– Make sure you’re not disturbing your succulents too much. It’s best to keep them well ventilated. It will keep them healthy and free of pests.
Take care if you buy an old succulent or cacti from a friend or family member as it may already have mold or fungus on the root. This can damage your plant and kill it quickly. Better yet, purchase new ones from a nursery instead of older ones from someone else as well.