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Whether you're planting newly acquired succulents from Leaf & Clay, or repotting some of your current collection, follow the steps below to grow and maintain happy, healthy succulents.
The first and most important thing to consider before planting your succulents is the kind of soil they will be planted in. Soil should be a well draining mixture of organic material, pumice or perlite, and sand. In general, a good succulent soil should contain equal parts organic material (peat moss or bark) and inorganic material (pumice or perlite), with no more than 10% sand.
The next consideration should be that of the container the succulents will be planted in. Of course, if your plants are going into the ground, this information does not apply. Ideally, any container you decide to plant your succulents in should have a drainage hole, although it is not necessary. We sell a variety of pots with and without a drainage hole. A drainage hole is a small hole in the bottom of the pot that allows excess water to drain from the soil and out of the pot. This opening also allows oxygen to circulate through the soil more freely, decreasing drying time and improving root health.
Without a drainage hole, the soil will remain wet for much longer if you accidentally overwater, increasing the likelihood of rot and irreversible damage to your plant's root system. If you are planting in a pot without a drainage hole, you'll simply need to be careful not to overwater. When it comes to succulents and their health, excess water is public enemy #1.
You've got your well-draining container, appropriate succulent soil, and bare-root plants ready to go. Let's get planting:
**Please Note: It is important to avoid watering your freshly potted succulents for several days. This delay causes the roots to spread out through the new soil in search of water, which ultimately stabilizes the plant.**
Now that you've planted your succulents in their new container, it's time to learn about their water requirements so that they stay happy, healthy, and beautiful.