A lot of new succulent beginners struggle with planting succulents. Planting succulents is very easy and simple to do, you just must make sure you follow the right steps. The way you plant your succulents will definitely determine how healthy they grow.
Succulents are very unique, beautiful, low maintenance, and drought tolerant plants that are perfect for your home or garden. Especially when you plant beautiful succulents in a great succulent arrangement or in a very unique beautiful pot.
Now how do you even plant succulents so they grow healthy and happy? Is there a special way? Is there a bad way that could possibly kill your succulents? By the end of this article, you will know exactly when to and how to plant succulents.
When to Plant/Repot your succulents
You should plant or repot your succulents after you bought them from your local nursery or online with free shipping. You need to plant or repot them because a lot of nurseries don’t use fast/well draining succulent soil. They only use organic soil that doesn’t drain fast or well, so it’s important to plant them or pot them in fresh new soil.
Another time to plant or repot your succulent is when the succulent outgrows its pot. When a succulent outgrows its pot you will see the roots sticking out of the drainage hole. This is a sign that the succulent wants to grow more, so it’s sticking its roots out the pot begging for more growth room.
A succulent simply won’t grow larger if you don’t give it the opportunity to do it. If the succulent has outgrown its pot then you will need to plant or repot the succulent in a larger pot, so it can grow bigger and healthier.
Supplies for Planting Succulents
Use Well Draining Succulent Soil
We recommend using arguably the best succulent soil out there "Ramsey Succulent Soil"
Ramsey Succulent soil is arguably the best succulent soil on the market simply because it gets the job done and is loaded with nutrients.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has ingredients such as perlite, sand, and seaweed. Perlite and sand are known as the best ingredients out there if you want your soil well-drained. The perlite and sand will soak up all the excess water that your succulent does not need, preventing the soil from staying soaking wet for several days. So yes, Ramsey Succulent Soil will prevent mold/bacteria and root rot (the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die) simply because there will be no excess water.
That's not all tho.
What makes Ramsey Succulent Soil arguably the best are the nutrients that's in the soil. These nutrients will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has seaweed fertilizer, which has 60 trace minerals and nutrients. Yes, your succulents will be absorbing 60 trace minerals and nutrients. This will make your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier without a doubt. Compared to other succulent soil, this succulent soil will make a huge huge difference for your plants. Don't believe us? Check out this picture below. You can definitely tell which succulent soil is better for your succulents.
Perfect Succulent Pot/Planter
Make sure your succulent pot is the right size and not too big. It depends how many succulents you want in 1 pot/planter, if you are putting about 5 succulents in 1 pot, then you will have to go bigger. Basically, the more plants you want in 1 pot, the bigger the pot you will need.
If you bought just 1 pot, then the size depends on the size of the succulent. If you bought a 3 inch succulent then it’s best to grow it in a 4 inch succulent pot. It all depends on how big the succulent is that you want to grow!
It’s also best to use a succulent pot with a drainage hole. A drainage hole is for the excess water leaking out the bottom so your succulent doesn’t sit in a wet puddle. Pots have drainage holes because it helps prevent root rot for your succulents.
It’s not a must to have a drainage hole at the bottom of your succulent, but it is definitely helpful and easier. If your succulent doesn’t have a drainage hole, don’t panic, check out our article on growing succulents in a pot without a drainage hole.
It does help to have drainage holes, but it won't stop you from growing your succulents in your beautiful new pot you bought. Picking a beautiful unique pot is very crucial when growing succulents because that will be the decoration for your succulents new home!
How to Plant Succulents
Remove The Nursery Pot And Soil
I’m guessing your succulents came in a 2, 3, or even 4 inch nursery pot with succulent soil.
The first step to planting succulents is to remove your succulent from that pot, and also the soil as well. Simply remove the pot very gently by gripping the bottom of the pot, and gently grabbing the stem, or middle of your succulent.
Remove the succulent pot, and try to remove as much soil as you can from your succulents roots. Try your best to remove as much soil as possible, leaving your succulent with hardly any dirt and just all roots.
After removing your succulent from the pot, and removing as much dirt as possible, lay your succulent gently down in a safe spot. We recommend setting them down on a paper towel so the towel can soak up the excess water.
Place a Cover or a Mesh Over the Drainage Hole
You should cover up the drainage hole so soil doesn’t come out of it when filling it up. After you water and the soil hardens up you can then uncover the drainage hole so excess water can leak out. Just remember to take the cover or mesh off the drainage hole so excess water can leak out of the bottom.
Add Soil To Your Pots
If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and add your succulent soil to your succulent pots. Make sure to fill it up almost to the very top, but just not all the way. Leave a little bit of room at the top, so you have enough room to plant your succulent.
Place Your Succulent
Once your pot is filled, dig a little hole into the soil that will fit your succulent. Place your succulent into that little hole, and make sure to cover as much root as possible without having any dirt touch your succulents stem, or leaves. If soil touches your stem, or leaves there’s a chance that the soil could rot your succulent.
After you do this, go ahead and add a little bit of soil so that your succulent can sit straight up, and basically stay placed. This will help keep your succulent supported. Also make sure to pat your soil down a little, you just want to make sure your succulent is in there straight up and supported
Do not water your succulent as soon as you plant it. Wait about 1-2 days so the roots have time to get used to the soil and get stabilized. After 1-2 days go ahead and add water, but don’t add too much. Make sure to add just the right amount. Water your succulent 1-2 days a week, or less it depends on how dry the soil is.
Make sure that you don’t overwater your succulent. If you overwater it then root rot will most likely occur and will harm your succulent. Again water 1-2 days a week or when the soil looks or feels very dry. Be on the lookout for under watering and overwatering signs and symptoms.
Where to Place Succulents After Planting
Now that you have planted your succulents it’s time to choose an area where to grow them! So can you just place them and grow them anywhere? Well no! If growing indoors then you will need to place them in a spot where sunlight gets in the most! Your succulents will need at least 6 hours of sunlight every single day so make sure you find a place that gets them enough sunlight!
For growing them outdoors, it’s the same thing! Find a place that will get them at least 6 hours of sunlight every single day. Make sure that they aren’t in a place that gets too much sun. Too much sun will cause a sunburn, so make sure they’re in an area that also gets some partial shade.
Add a Top Dressing Decoration
Now this is not a requirement, but top dressing is such a wonderful, beautiful decoration for your succulents. After planting you can leave some room at the top so you can add some top dressing. Top dressing is very beautiful and they come in all different colors and sizes!
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