Super simple instructions on how to pot up a succulent, perfect activity for the kids.
1. Gather your materials: a small succulent plant, a plastic grow pot, potting soil, and a small trowel or spoon.
2. Start by preparing the plastic grow pot. Ensure that it has drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging. If it doesn’t have any holes, you can create them by poking a few with a sharp object.
3. Fill the plastic grow pot with potting soil, leaving about an inch of space from the top. You can use a pre-mixed succulent or cactus soil, or make your own by combining regular potting soil with sand or perlite for better drainage.
4. Gently remove the small succulent from its current pot. You can do this by carefully squeezing the sides of the pot or tapping it upside down while supporting the plant with your other hand.
5. Once the succulent is out of its pot, gently loosen the roots by lightly massaging the root ball with your fingers. This will help the roots establish in the new pot.
6. Place the succulent in the center of the plastic grow pot, ensuring that it sits at the same depth as it was in its previous pot. Adjust the soil level if needed, so the top of the root ball is slightly below the rim of the pot.
7. Fill the remaining space around the succulent with potting soil, gently pressing it down to secure the plant. Be careful not to bury the succulent too deep, as this can lead to root rot.
8. Once the succulent is potted, give it a light watering to settle the soil and help the roots establish. Avoid overwatering, as succulents prefer drier conditions.
9. Place the potted succulent in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. Succulents thrive in warm and dry environments, so ensure proper ventilation.
TIP: Early morning sun is okay for succulents in the Brisbane area – even in the. Summer. (An hour or two won’t kill them).
10. Monitor the succulent’s watering needs. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, and then water thoroughly, ensuring excess water drains out through the holes in the pot.
Enjoy your potted succulent and watch it grow! Remember to provide occasional fertilization and repot as needed when the plant outgrows its current pot.