How To Replant Succulent?

Whether you are an expert in growing those succulents or are a newbie, there is always something you can learn in this process. 

But with each learning step, you will realize how simple and easy it can be. You have to be sure not to overwater your succulents and always use a quality soil mix for best results. As long as you keep these two things in mind, you can’t go wrong with your succulent replanting process. 

There are a few important reasons why you need to replant your succulents. And in this article, we will discuss how to replant succulent in 5 simple steps. Keep reading to find out more.

When to Repot & Why?

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So, you have to be 100 percent sure when and why you are repotting succulents. Without this knowledge, you might easily mistime and risk the healthy growth of your tiny plant. 

Here are a few reasons: 

  • You have bought a succulent and need to plant them into a new pot or the ground. 
  • You are propagating succulents from a mother plant and now want to plant them.
  • Your parent plant succulents have now outgrown the pot that they are in.

How to Replant Succulent from Cuttings?

You need to follow a few simple steps for growing succulents from cuttings.

  1. Remove a few leaves of your succulent plant. Just twist gently and remove the entire leaf without tearing it. 
  2. Cut that part of the plant and set it aside in a container or a tray with a layer of soil. It will start shooting out roots over the next few weeks. 
  3. Plant it into a pot with drainage holes and a quality succulent soil mix.
  4. Set a watering schedule and watch it grow. 

How to Grow Baby Plant Succulents from Succulent Leaf?

Growing succulents from leaf-cutting is similar to growing these plants from stem cutting. You can twist some leaves gently from the plant and then put them aside in a container with soil. 

New root growth will shoot out in the next few weeks. Just transfer the new plant to a pot with drainage holes and quality soil mix. You will also need to set a watering schedule. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Replant Succulent

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What do you need?

  • Pair of gloves.
  • Pair of shears.
  • Planting pot.
  • Quality succulent soil mix. 

Step 1 – Removing the dirt from the roots

The first step is very important whether you want to transplant your succulent to another pot or into the ground. Make sure to remove the dirt from its roots thoroughly. 

Many people mistake not getting rid of all the dirt from the roots and then disturbing the entire growth process. You can also purchase succulents that are not planted yet in any soil. Don’t carry forward the soil from the pot stuck in the roots of your succulent. 

The primary reason is that if the soil is not properly draining, it will stick to the roots and cause them to rot. You should not overwater your succulents as well. This is precisely why you have to begin replanting from this particular step. 

Step 2 – Breaking up the roots if required

When you remove your succulent from the pot, they might have huge balls of roots bunched up. If this is the situation, that is normal, and you need to break them up and even remove some of those roots before you begin with the replanting process. 

Step 3 – Choosing a pot that has proper drainage or good-drain soil

If you have decided to replant a succulent in a pot, keep in mind that the pot has drainage holes. If you have got a pot that doesn’t have any drainage holes in it, you can always drill holes in them. 

You can make your succulent planter box. But if you are planning to plant your succulent directly into the ground, be sure about what is suitable for your plant. The soil needs to be right, and the area should be exposed to full sunlight for some time and indirect sunlight for a few hours. 

Again you have to be careful that the soil is good draining. Don’t begin with the replanting process directly if you have clay soil. It is because clay soil holds a lot of water in it, and it will rot the roots.

Step 4 – Using quality succulent mix for potted succulents 

You can purchase a fully-mixed succulent soil like Superfly Bonsai or Bonsai Jack. Miracle-Gro is another great option for this purpose. You can even make your succulent soil mix using these mixes. The idea is to make a good-draining potting mix that doesn’t hold too much water. 

Step 5 – Planting compliment succulents

You have to plant succulents with one another that have similar needs. For example, a succulent needs full sun, but if you want to put the pot in the shade on your porch, you can go with the String of Bananas. 

If you want to prefer indoor succulents, go for Panda Plant or Zebra Plant. Succulents that prefer full sun are Blue Chalksticks and the likes. 

There are so many different succulents for different purposes. If you are a Zone 9B Gardner, here is everything you need to know about choosing the best types of plants. 

Succulent Care Tips

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After properly replanting your new succulent, follow some essential tips. 

Watering deeply and don’t just mist

People tend to sit their succulents using a spraying bottle, which is ineffective. It is important to water your succulents profoundly but infrequently instead of misting them all the time. 

Developing a watering schedule

Succulents tend to be drought-tolerant as they can store water in their leaves, so you don’t have to water them frequently. Even if you underwater any succulent, it can mostly recover. But overwatered succulent will always become a mush. 

Water them once, around 2 to 3 weeks, and then you can test out what your succulent needs. Of course, it will change according to the weather. For example, you might only have to water them once a month in winters, but it can be twice a week in summers.

Treating pests right away

A common succulent pest is mealybugs, and you have to get rid of it as soon as you see it. Here’s what you can do to get rid of these pests:

  • Don’t overfertilize – mealybugs are attracted to a plant with a high nitrogen level. 
  • Mix some neem oil when watering the plants.
  • Don’t overwater your plants  – these pests love moisture.
  • You can add beneficial insects, such as lacewing, ladybugs, and the Cryptolaemus montrouzieri. They are natural predators of these mealybugs.


Can you cut succulents and replant them?

Yes, you can cut or reprune succulents and replant them. They will need proper living conditions to turn into complete succulent plants. 

What’s the best way to transplant succulents?

You can break off any mature or plump leaves and plant them a little into a good-drain soil mix in a pot. Make sure to keep the stem tip down. Keep the solid moist (not wet), and within a few weeks, it will sprout a new plant. 

Can you cut the top off a succulent and replant it?

Yes, you can cut off the top of a succulent and replant it. But make sure to use a pair of gloves, and a sharp pair of shears as these plants have sap that can cause skin irritations. 

Can I replant a succulent branch?

Yes, the stem of most succulents can be cut and replanted. You will have to remove the leaves and repaint the bottom. It will start growing from the areas where leaves were present. 

Final Word

Succulents are excellent for your gardening endeavors because the process is simple and easy. You don’t have to water them too often, and there are different varieties available for different conditions. You can just cut off the top of your succulents and start growing a new plant. Make sure to use a quality succulent soil mix. 

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