How to Repot Succulents The Easy Way

Not only are succulent plants extremely easy to care for but they are also very tolerant of being moved to different pots.

Rearranging them, looking for new pots, as well as playing with different color combinations and styles while repoting succulents always give invigorating pleasure.

Before we delve into how you can repot your succulents, let’s see why repotting is important for their overall health and when you should replant them. Then comes the most exciting part.

  1. Why Should You Want to Repot Your Succulents
  2. When Should You Repot Your Succulents
  3. How to Repot Your Succulents
  4. Succulent Repotting Project

Why Should You Want to Repot Your Succulents?

Newly purchased succulents are not in soil suitable for long-term growth and they should be repotted as soon as possible. Leaving them in the rich, wet soil will cause them to die more quickly.

As succulents grow, they put off more roots until they are tightly packed. The roots need more space to grow, get better airflow and better access to the water they need, so if you notice the roots coming down the drainage holes, it is time to repot.

If you notice that your succulents are infested with bugs, do not hesitate to repot immediately, get rid of the old soil, and sanitize the pot.

If your succulents start outgrowing the pots they are in, then it is time to repot, or they will grow more slowly in tight arrangements.

When Should You Repot Your Succulents?

Most succulents need replanting every three to five years.

The best time for repotting is at the beginning of the growing season since this will give your succulents plenty of time to recover from the shock of being replanted. In this way, they will also be able to retain more water and are less likely to rot.

Replanting in the winter is not recommended, when damaging roots can mean the death of the plant.

How to Repot Your Succulents?

Step 1

As you pull your succulents out of their original pot, check all the parts (even those in the root-ball). Check for any problems with the roots and examine the plant for bugs.

Step 2

Shorten the roots to one-third of the original length with scissors as it encourages new growth and shocks the plant. Be careful not to rip all the roots, though.

Step 3

Trim your plants, remove dead leaves and separate new growth that you’d like to plant elsewhere.

Step 4

Ideally, you want to use soil that provides good breathing of the plant and has good water retention. The soil for succulents consists of small akadama soil mixed with charcoal and sand. Add soil until the pot is about three-quarters full. Mix in a small handful of timed-release fertilizer.

Step 5

Make a hole in the potting mix and place the largest succulents in the middle of the pot and fill it with smaller succulents, then stabilize with soil.

If you want to have a few plants hanging over the edge of the pot, put them near the edge and use other succulents over their roots to hold them in place.

How to Repot Your Succulents?

Step 6

Wait a day or two before watering your newly planted succulents carefully and moderately. Only when the plants begin to grow again and the first buds appear should you start watering them more liberally.  

Step 7

The repotted plants should be put in a warm, shaded, humid place for a few days, away from direct sunlight.

Succulent Repoting Project

Now here comes the fun part – arranging your succulents.

There are myriad ways to display your succulents in creative and visually intriguing ways. One of them is arranging them in a ceramic pot. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas to put into practice when it is time to repot your succulent plants.


  • Succulents
  • Pot
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire mesh
  • Soil
  • Topdressing


Place a small piece of mesh over the opening in the bottom of the pot and secure it using a hot glue gun.

How to Repot Succulents The Easy Way, Plantly

Fill the pot with a succulent soil mix.

How to Repot Succulents The Easy Way, Plantly

Place the attention grabbers at the center and bury the roots in the soil. Put “spiller“ succulents along the edges and “filler“ succulents over them, to keep them in place.

succulent repoting project

Add other succulents and rearrange if necessary to make them look more balanced.

How to Repot Succulents The Easy Way, Plantly

Add a top dressing to add another dimension to your design.

Repoting succulents easily

The possibilities of arranging succulents are endless. This is just one eye-catching design you can recreate when you need to repot your succulents next time.  Or you can let your imagination run wild and create a unique miniature landscape.

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