Transfering Succulents cactus from plastic container to new Containers!

How to Transfer Succulents from one container to another….

Transferring succulents, including cacti, from plastic containers to new pots is a common practice to ensure their continued health and growth. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you do this successfully:

Materials you’ll need:

  1. New pots or containers: Choose pots that have drainage holes to prevent overwatering and root rot.
  2. Succulent or cactus potting mix: You can also make your own mix by adding sand or perlite to regular potting soil to improve drainage.
  3. Trowel or scoop
  4. Gloves (optional, for handling spiky cacti)
  5. Newspaper or a drop cloth (to catch any soil spillage)
  6. Watering can or spray bottle
  7. Succulent fertilizer (optional)

Steps:

  1. Prepare the new containers: Make sure the new pots are clean and have drainage holes. It’s crucial for succulents and cacti to have well-draining soil, so drainage holes are a must.
  2. Prepare the potting mix: Fill the new containers with succulent or cactus potting mix, leaving some space at the top for your plants. You can also mix your own well-draining soil by adding sand or perlite to regular potting soil. This will provide the necessary drainage.
  3. Gently remove the succulents: Carefully remove the succulents from their old plastic containers. If they’re in a tight space, you can use a trowel or scoop to help loosen the soil around the plants. If you’re dealing with a spiky cactus, wear gloves to protect your hands.
  4. Shake off excess soil: Gently shake off any excess soil from the roots. Be careful not to damage the roots or the plant itself.
  5. Place the succulents in the new pots: Create a small hole in the center of the new potting mix for each succulent. Make sure the succulent is at the same depth as it was in the old container.
  6. Backfill with soil: Fill in the space around the succulent with the potting mix, ensuring that it’s snug but not overly compacted. You should leave about half an inch (1.25 cm) of space between the soil and the rim of the pot.
  7. Water sparingly: After repotting, water the succulents lightly. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering is a common mistake when caring for succulents, so be cautious.
  8. Let them adjust: Place the newly potted succulents in a location with bright, indirect sunlight for a few days to allow them to adjust to their new environment. Then, you can gradually expose them to more direct sunlight.
  9. Fertilize (optional): You can fertilize your succulents with a diluted succulent fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) but do so sparingly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific fertilizer you use.

Remember that succulents and cacti have different care requirements, so be sure to identify the type of plant you have and cater to its specific needs. Overall, providing proper soil, adequate drainage, and appropriate care will help your succulents thrive in their new containers.


These photos show 2″ and 2.5″ plastic containers, but it applies to any size.  Ideally, if they are dry, give them a good drink and then begin the transfer process 1-2 days later, thus you won’t need to water them prior to an event, which saves you time from wiping away water spots, soil etc!

 When you initially remove a succulent from it’s container, it’s a great time to do some housecleaning and remove any dead or rotting leaves. This helps with appearance and also removes hiding places for bugs and growing grounds for mold and fungus etc. These guys are all going into similar sized containers so minimal if any extra soil is needed, but if you only need a few pinches, any soil will work, the KEY IS IN WATERING! Water only when dry, never water if WET! If going from a smaller container to a much larger one, or mixed garden look, good draining soil is helpful. Most houseplant soil is made to retain/hold in moisture, you want the opposite w/ succulents.

Use a pencil, stick, finger etc. to tap soil down after transfer, and done!  Ready to go!

Succulents make great Favors! 

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