Should I wash the regular garden soil off my succulents before potting them - Knowledgebase Question

North Carolina
Question by Lnking
September 3, 2017
I have two large round pots as seen in the photos. My cat sitter didn't clean the cat box while we were away so I have had to remove everything and buy new succulents. The cat suddenly managed to realize that he could despite the stones pull all the succulents out and use my nice clean expensive succulent planting mix for a cat box. So I'm having to repot everything . These are what I have now. These came from the farmers market and they are potted with regular soil as you can see it's quite wet like they watered them everyday and put them in bright sun to dry out I guess. What I want to do is wash all that swell off of them and use black and gold cacti potting mix. But before I shocked the plants I'd like someone to reassure me that it's okay to wash all that moist soil off of them. I welcome any help I can get.
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Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
Answer from Leftwood
September 3, 2017


That won't be a problem with succulents. You can remove the soil. You will damage a lot of roots, but that's OK, and they will just regrow. It will be better if you are able to just shake off the bulk of the soil, rather than actual rinsing with water. There is no need to get every bit of soil off. Additionally, you will be planting in already moist cactus soil, so it will actually be better if you plant them, and then wait a day before you water them in. Succulent roots are more susceptible to rot than regular plants when there is an abundance of water, so let the broken roots heal for the first day.

North Carolina
A comment from Lnking
September 4, 2017
Thank you so much.

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