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Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Jun 10, 2016 1:59 PM CST
I have a modest tender succulent collection going in 3" square pots, young plants from spring cuttings. Are these pots going to be large enough to grow these to maturity?

I'm learning the ones that produce offshoots and the ones that leaf propagate.

I've been doing the leaf propagation wrong, I was placing the end of the leaf in soil, I now know to just place it on top of the soil.

Hope to get these in some large planters next spring if I can keep up the propagation.

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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Jun 10, 2016 2:05 PM CST
I doubt anyone can say in general that a pot of X" is the right size. Part of the challenge of growing things is repotting when necessary and not when not. Gene
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jun 10, 2016 7:05 PM CST
I agree with Gene but succulents don't need a lot of root room. Three inch pots will be good for quite awhile for most of them. I tend to remember to replant when the pot tips over. Smiling

I think we all tend to over-obess about our plants. They have been doing fine on their own for millions of years. They will hang in there a little longer.

But just to confuse what I just said, in the ground, roots spread out just under the surface and take up every nutrient and every bit of moisture they can get their little roots on. There is no shut-off valve because nutrients and moisture are hard to come by.

In a pot, roots don't have room to spread AND you are the god of the garden - they get what you give. SO...the size of the pot doesn't matter (until it falls over). The care given does. If its rootbound, keeping up with water will be hard. If there's too much pot, keeping it from rotting will be harder.

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purpleinopp
Jun 11, 2016 5:25 AM CST
I have some plants in pots smaller than that. Some were put together recently, some have been around for 3 yrs.
The thread "Mini gardens/pots within mini gardens." in Miniature Gardening forum
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