Re-potting Succulents and Cacti Took me all Afternoon.
Re-potting my succulents and cacti was not as easy as I thought it was going be. I had a few that I had neglected for years waiting for just the right planter to put them in. They were a sad little group for sure. I figured that I’d have them re-potted in 2o minutes or so and would finally be proud of the little group.
But you know what? Sometimes a 20 minute task can end up taking all day for reasons you would never imagine when you started.
I had a sorry little group here. Some of them had lost most of their soil. Most were dried out and shriveled. But I am an optimist and thought I’d be able to bring them back to life.
Off to Lowe’s home Improvement I went. I found just the right container, as well as two small terracotta planters with more succulents and cacti which had been reduced in price from $19.99 to only $5. What a bargain I thought. (my first mistake…)
I also got a few extra plants just to add to the collection. I had a variety, including Haworthia, Stenocereus, Echeveria, Kalanchoe, Jade plant, aloe, Mimicry Plant and others. These were the basics of my project:
All I can say is, this was an effective plan as long as you never want to water the plants or remove them from the planter! It took me at least three hours to remove the darn things, cursing the whole while. I am thankful that I only paid $5 for each planter. I pity the poor customers who paid the original price of $19.99 for them and then wondered why the watered ended up flowing off the rocks and resulted in dead plants. I also wonder if my hands will ever be the same after trying to remove those rocks!
I used river rocks in the bottom of my planter for drainage. I also did the same for the two small terracotta post that were now finally rid of the rocks and cleaned.
The end result – a large planter and two small terracotta pots. Not bad for almost a whole day’s work it is?
Moral of the story. If you buy planters with rocks on the tops from Lowe’s be sure the rocks are not glued on to the soil! And if they are, even $5 is not a bargain…