caolais said:I'm very new to owning plants and I have no idea what I'm doing so I was hoping for some advice. I got 9 tiny succulents a few months ago and most of them seem to be doing fine, but there are a couple that I'm worried about.
Well first off Welcome!!, not only here but to the caring for succuelnts and cacti world too!
caolais said:Firstly, my aloe squarrosa came with 2 huge plants in one tiny pot and a third one has appeared recently, so I'm guessing I need to repot them. I have no idea how to do that or what size of pot I should get or what type of soil I need. Like I said I don't know what I'm doing and all the articles I've found have been too vague.
And yes a repot will be necessary as that is definitely out growing its pot. So dont worry we can walk you through how to repot and everything involved. When going up in size for most succulents and related species, I usually do not like to increase pot diameter by more than two or three inches at a time. Its hard to tell exactly but that looks to be about a 3in pot. So anything like a 4-6 in pot would work, but pots that are on the shallower side will be better than deep pots of the same size, this helps with minimizing "sitting" waterlogged soils when increasing in size.
And as far as soil goes, you will want a fast draining mix. I personally make my own, that is comprised of about 75% stone aggregate components and 25% organic material. There are succulents and cacti mixes though, but I have never used them cause im not sure if they still hold water too well, for my personal preferences.
caolais said:My hawthornia reticulata looked fine until recently, but a week or two ago it suddenly shrank. I think this is because of the two new plants that have started to grow in its pot and so I would need to repot this one too, but maybe under/overwatering contributed too?
I mean it would appreciate a bigger home as well, but im not sure if i can say about under or over watering. How do you water, what us the frequency of when you do?
caolais said:One final question - currently I'm keeping the pots in the plastic trays they came in so the water and soil that comes out the drainage holes doesn't go all over my windowsill but this means they're quite cramped. How do I stop my windowsill from getting covered in soil without using the trays?
Well im not sure how long they are allowed to sit in the drainage water afterwards, could present an issue with watering too heavily and being allowed to sit in water. But one alternative, because i don't like succulents, cacti, or caudiciforms to sit in water, Is you could water them all in the bathtub or sink and allow them to drain and then put them back on your windowsill. That would get rid of the need for it.
Feel free to post pictures of all your plants and we can tell you what should or shouldnt be repotted at this time, and anything else we might be able to offer as far as advice off of that. And feel free to continue to ask questions and I, and others, will be happy to help you learn!! Take care and welcome again!