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borya91
Mar 26, 2019 8:22 PM CST
Hey guys, I repotted my succulents this last Sat. This one plant, I notice his bottom leaves are drooping very badly. Sad He is used to being watered about every 3 days. (I know succulents aren't supposed to be watered often, but his soil goes bone dry after a couple days; I've been watering him at this frequency for months and he's been thriving.)

I know it's recommended to go a week before watering - but I didn't know if I should water him sooner since he's so used to being watered. When I re-potted him, I pretty much planted him directly in to the new soil and was very careful with the roots.

I'm more wondering if it's more of a danger for him to go without the water, or more of a danger for him to be watered (and potentially rot his roots)


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(PS. - those two leaves you see in the pot are NOT leaves that fell off of him, they got accidentally broken from another plant when I repotted it and I placed them in here.)
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Baja_Costero
Mar 27, 2019 7:38 PM CST

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I think watering twice a week was a good idea, based on the results up until the repotting. You will have to work out a good frequency in the new pots and with the new exposure, so you're exploring new territory. The plant dropping leaves is telling you something, but it could be simply complaining about the repot, or it could actually be thirsty.

Two ideas to bear in mind.

Large containers dry out later than small containers. Deep containers dry out later than shallow containers.

If you are able to figure out when the moisture in the soil mostly goes away at depth, you will know when to water. But (mostly) dry soil should be your mental target. If that's what's happening, water at whatever frequency gets you there. Overwatering right after repotting is something to avoid, though.

At this point you've more than doubled the total soil volume, if I guess right. Imagine your plant's roots densely occupying the top layer but not the soil underneath it. They will not be able to properly access that water until they root into it. Your plant from the wide tray may have evacuated the water from the top layer after 3 days or so, but I suspect the bottom is still wet, and you really should wait a full week at this point. That's what I would do anyway.

It's smart to track the status of the plant by looking at how many leaves it retains, and how plump they are, and what color they are. Those things will help guide care and give you feedback when you dial up the light outside.
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borya91
Mar 27, 2019 8:16 PM CST
Wow, thank you. That was immensely helpful. What you wrote here makes a lot of sense and thanks for putting it like this. Especially this:

> Imagine your plant's roots densely occupying the top layer but not the soil underneath it. They will not be able to properly access that water until they root into it.

I'd never really thought about that to be honest and yet it makes perfect sense.

Will absolutely keep your advice here in mind regarding tackling watering in the new containers, and figuring out the frequency. Hadn't really dawned on me that the frequency would change after the repot. On this plant in particular I actually think I might have tripled if not more his soil volume, the container he was in was super tiny. (The one I repotted from the aluminum tray though, yeah I think he's probably only doubled if not a bit more.)

As for this plants condition - I do not believe this plant has worsened today - so you're right, maybe he's just been bothered by the repot.

> Your plant from the wide tray may have evacuated the water from the top layer after 3 days or so, but I suspect the bottom is still wet, and you really should wait a full week at this point. That's what I would do anyway.

Wow thanks, I had not actually thought of it like that. Didn't really think much about the water on the bottom. I will wait the full week - they look a little droopy - but stable now. Only about 3 days time now Smiling Sorry for the extra bother by posting this thread, I just wanted to be cautious. I feel like I've worked so hard to bring them this far, and just wanted to make sure I didn't do something foolish in the repot like neglect watering when they needed it. Next goal will be shifting outside Hurray!
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Apr 7, 2021 4:23 PM CST
hi borya91,

may i ask what kind of plant you have ? it looks like a plant that a neighbor has that i was trying to identify...
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purpleinopp
Apr 8, 2021 7:43 AM CST
I think it is Kleinia fulgens, a relatively thirsty plant, IME.
Scarlet Kleinia (Kleinia fulgens)

@borya91 did you find a tuber when you repotted?
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Apr 8, 2021 9:31 AM CST
...or it could be this:
Rock Purslane (Cistanthe grandiflora)
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borya91
Apr 10, 2021 6:48 PM CST
Hey guys! Sorry I only just saw responses from this thread. Yes! I do believe it is a rock purslane!

This is an old thread, and seeing it makes me happy. I remember the responses on here being so helpful to me in repotting my succulents. Thanks again for the kind advice I was given back then.

@purpleinopp : I'd love to answer your question but I'm not certain what is a tuber. Do you mind giving more details? in case it's helpful, this plant did go on to be very happy in his new pot Smiling I discovered a watering frequency for him and got him enough light under my grow lights and he ended up very happy. I explored several different pots and really became a fan of those simple terracotta pots (ones that are pretty wide to give a lot of space for the roots). I would put those little plastic containers beneath them to collect any excess water that came through. But I am no expert and there might be a lot better pots out there.
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purpleinopp
Apr 10, 2021 7:00 PM CST
That's wonderful! Has your plant bloomed since this discussion started?

A tuber is potato-like. Potatoes are tubers. The Kleinia plant that I linked to makes tubers (not edible for humans). Surprisingly big ones.

Those are my fav kind of pot too! Clay pots with slits on the sides and a drain hole in the bottom. Even *I* haven't overwatered something in one of those.

Those slits also make it easy to hang these clay pots. All of my pots would be hanging if I could finagle it. Hanging pots never tip over in the wind.
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