Cactus and succulents Repotting

Tip on Repotting Rosette Succulents

If you’ve ever repotted a rosette-type succulent (echeveria, haworthia, etc.), you’ve probably run into the problem of not getting soil mixed in among the lower leaves as you go. And not breaking off leaves accidentally.

Well, Todd M. Huss, a self-confessed “Northwest Ohio hobby plant manipulator” whose WordPress site is entitled …Because I find Weeding to be Great Stress Relief, has found a great yet simple solution: suspend the plant from a pair of artist brushes (or pencils or spoons) as you repot. 

With the rosette safely lifted out of the way, you can carefully spoon well-drained potting mix all around and under the rosette until you reach the base of the plant. The plant will remain centered and level with the top of the pot. You can then remove the supports and voilà! A perfectly centered, happily repotted succulent!

Do give the plant at least a few days without water (succulent roots recover best from any repotting injury when they can callous over in dry soil), then treat it like any other succulent.

For complete details, go to Todd’s original blog at Repotting hack!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

1 comment on “Tip on Repotting Rosette Succulents

  1. I just water them from the top to rinse them out. What does not rinse out right away will rinse out later as the growing leaves relax. However, if I grew them as houseplants, I would want them to stay clean like this from the beginning.

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