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May 10, 2018 6:18 AM CST
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I was given this succulent container as a gift and I love it! However, it looks like the small ones are being squished by the large ones. I've never seen succulents so large. Do I need to repot it? Also, is it in a good location, it's siting in a window on the south side of the house. I don't know what kind they are either.

ANY advice would be helpful!!


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May 10, 2018 7:35 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Hi & welcome! What a gorgeous grouping! Looks like something is about to bloom.

Big plants can definitely grow to squish the smaller ones. I have tons of combo pots & do various things to ameliorate that kind of situation. Some options are removing some of the bottom leaves of the larger plant, separating the plant into more pots, letting the plants work it out.

Looking at your specific pot, and with just the one pic to gauge, I would probably be making plans to do some separating, probably removing the bigger, ruffled plant to the right (which looks like some kind of Echeveria.) The bigger one in the middle probably won't increase its' girth much more, but continue to get taller.

There is also a concern of enough light being able to shine on shorter plants that are behind taller ones. Sure, you could rotate the pot, but all of these plants need every bit of light they can get in an indoor situation to continue to look normal and to be healthy. Since I don't like rotating pots & don't have the time or memory to do it often enough, I arrange plants so that the taller ones are not causing a shadow on the shorter ones, more of a front/back situation than aiming for symmetry.
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May 10, 2018 11:20 AM CST
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That is a most lovely arrangement, and definitely ripe for separation when you feel like it. Thumbs up Tiffany has given you some excellent advice. I would only add a few technical notes.

If you do separate any plants, be sure to choose a pot with holes at the bottom, ideally wider than tall, and not too much wider than the plant you're separating. Use soil with excellent drainage (like bagged cactus mix or regular potting soil with 25-50% perlite or pumice mixed in). And most importantly, wait a week after potting up the plants to water them. They need some time for the roots to heal before they are submerged in dirty water, so that they don't rot.

Just about all the plants in that container have the potential to fill it on their own, given time. If they continue together, the stronger ones will win out and the weaker ones will stop growing. Not a big deal but something to watch for. Continue to provide strong light, just like you are doing, for the best health and form of your plants.

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May 13, 2018 10:19 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
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I think it's STUNNING exactly the way it is. Someone spent a fortune at the florist you lucky lady.

Plants will tend to limit themselves based on their space. Your's look extremely happy and until they show you they need their own space (get stringy, drop lots of leaves, etc) I wouldn't mess with it.

Just spin it every week or two so no one is always away from the light.

You have at least this summer to find the perfect pot that will go in the perfect space for when you do decide to cut and root- notice I didn't say transplant- You are going to cut and re-root-

when you have your pot, you let us know and we will walk you through
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