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Aknunap
Jul 23, 2017 4:05 PM CST
I have read that when potting a plant in a container, the top of the soil in the container should reach approximately one inch below the rim of the pot. I planted my 14" Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' in a large container, but I planted it about 4 inches blow the rim. How can I fix this?
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DaisyI
Jul 23, 2017 4:15 PM CST
Welcome!

That is a HUGE pot for that little Euphorbia. How long ago did you plant it? Chances are, you can lift the root ball and fill the pot. Personally, I would lift the root ball and find a smaller pot.
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Aknunap
Jul 23, 2017 5:52 PM CST
I thought it was getting too big for the last pot it was in. Thanks for the tip.
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plantmanager
Jul 23, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Succulents can be in smaller pots for a long time. Be sure to use a well draining mix. I use cactus mix, but add extra perlite or pumice. Good luck!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 23, 2017 6:11 PM CST
I agree Pumice is hard to find so I just add a couple handfuls of perlite to the commercial cactus mix. Perlite is just 'popped' pumice.

Give the root ball an extra 1/2 inch of growing space. That will do for at least a couple years, maybe more.
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