Learn Repot Succulents: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re new to succulents, repot succulents may seem like a daunting task. But, don’t let that get to you. With the right guidance, you can repot succulents effortlessly. Here are step by step instructions to teach you how to repot succulents. Ready to begin?

When to Repot Succulents

There are many reasons for repotting, but the purpose of repot succulents is only one, let succulents grow better. Here’re a few common reasons that you should repot your succulents.

  1. Newly bought, whether you purchased at a local store or online, their soil and pots are not suitable for long-term growth.
  2. Outgrow over its pot, means you need to change a bigger pot for her.
  3. Unhealthy, such as overwatered, underwatered, rotted, pests, etc. When the plant is sick, the best way to handle it is to repot it.
  4. Soil drained too fast or too slow, need to change the soil to proper.
  5. Roots stick out the drainage hole.

Pro Tip 1: Best Repot Time is Spring

Spring is the best season for the growth of succulents. They can easily adapt to the new environment, which means it’s more conducive for them to grow new roots.

Pro Tip 2: Repot Every Year

Repot your succulents every year can ensure sufficient nutrients in the soil, and reduce the possibility of root disease.

The Preparation Supplies

  1. Proper size pot. The pot with a drainage hole is the best. The diameter of the pot is preferably 2 inches wider than the succulent arrangement. It is recommended to choose a pot that’s at least 3 inches. Too small pot can’t retain much water for plant growth. Recommended clay pots.
  2. Cactus soil. Any cactus soil or Potting soil will work, here is an example! You can also choose your own DIY soil mix.
  3. A set of mini garden tools
  4. Some water
  5. Disinfectant (optional)

The preparation supplies for repot succulents

Steps for Repotting

  1. Scoop the succulents out of the old pot using the tip of a trowel or a large spoon. Lift the entire root system, and gently remove it from the pot.
  2. Clean the root system. Gently get any clinging dirt off your succulent roots. Or you can shake the roots in the water and rub it until seeing the white main root.
  3. Use a sterilized knife to trim the old, dead, and diseased roots. If necessary, trim off the long roots and massively entangled lateral roots. Be sure to pull off any dead leaves while you are doing this.
  4. Soak the roots for about an hour in disinfectant (optional, but suggested), then dry in the shade.
  5. Select the proper size with at least one drainage hole pot. Spray it with disinfectant (optional, but suggested).
  6. Filling it ¾ full with a pre-mixed succulent or cactus soil. Dig a shallow hole in the new soil, place the treaded succulent in it, then gently cover the roots with more of the potting soil to stabilize the plant.
  7. Sprinkle a thin layer of disinfectant or water on the soil to make the soil slightly moist. With a slightly moist, it’s easier to germinate new roots.
  8. Place the plant in a bright, well-ventilated location, but away from direct sunlight, to let the plant recover.
  9. Watering at least one week later.


  • Usually waiting for about 2-3 weeks, the succulents will adapt to the new environment. And then they can be watered as usual and can receive an appropriate amount of scattered light. Check out Watering Succulents: When, How Often & How Much to help you water properly.
  • After repotting, the leaves become soft or fall. In most cases, it is normal. When the roots have not fully recovered, nutrients and water cannot be absorbed normally. Succulents will consume the nutrients stored in the leaves.

Bottom Line

It’s not too difficult to repot succulents. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully. If you are still not sure, please let us know.

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