Before removing the plant from the old pot, it is best to prepare a new container, if necessary; most of the plants succulent prefer containers of modest size, where the root system does not have too much space, so let’s choose a pot that has a diameter slightly larger than that in which the plant is contained.
Let’s also prepare an ideal soil for our plants; succulent plants usually don’t like damp or wet soils, therefore they need a very well drained and aerated soil. We can prepare a compost suitable for all succulents by mixing a part of universal soil with little peaty, with a part of river sand well washed and a part of inconsistent material, such as lapillus, pozzolana or pumice stone.
The stone component is essential to better aerate the ground, and allow the water to flow freely when we water or when the plants are subjected to the weather.
The sand that is used is river sand, because any salt residues can quickly lead to the death of the plants; moreover, it is important that the sand is washed, to remove the residues of silt or dust that otherwise would excessively compact the substratum of cultivation.
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Let’s extract our succulent from the pot, taking care not to ruin it, in the case of plants covered by hair or thorns, we can simply grab them using a cloth, or even polystyrene or cardboard, which we will wrap around the stem, being careful not to over-tighten.
Once the plant is extracted from the pot we try to remove the soil that nests between the roots; we take advantage of this moment to remove any parasites present between the roots, such as the root cochineal, and also parts of roots damaged or darkened, which could rot inside the pot.
Once the root system has been cleaned, we place a thin layer of pumice stone (or other incoherent material) in the pot, then we fill part of the pot with the substrate previously prepared, place our plant and fill the pot until we reach the collar of the plant.
Let’s avoid in any way covering the plant beyond the collar, otherwise we could encourage the development of harmful rottenness.
After filling the pot, beat it a few times on the ground to fill any air pockets formed in the substrate.
Let’s place the vase in a cool and dry place, and avoid watering for about 7-10 days, to allow the plant to settle down.
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