String of Turtles likes to remain at least slightly root-bound. If your plant is very root-bound, repot your string of turtles plant or divide the plant immediately. Rootbound is a condition where the roots of the plants have no more space to grow and expand. That affects the growth of your string of turtles and can lead to droopy leaves and even a death of the plant.
How to Tell if String of Turtles Plant Root Bound
There are serveral signs that may show String of Turtles root bound. Keep an eye when caring for your plant.
Roots coming out of the drainage holes
Spiraling roots around the pot
Yellow or shriveling leaves
Water draining too fast
Soil dries quickly
When to Repot String of Turtles Plant?
How do you know when your string of turtles plant need to repot. Usually, when the plant become mature, it needs repotting every 1-2 years to change new soil. When it is crowded with many new stems and doesn't have more space to grow, it’s time to repot your plant. When your string of turtles plant occurs root bound or root rot, repot the plant immediately. Keep read on how to repot string of turtles plant step by step.
Best Soil & Pots for String of Turtles Plant
The potted soil should be changed every 1 to 2 years. Find a lager new pot and place the new soil, so as to provide a better growth environment for String of Turtles Plant. Basin soil requires loose and breathable, rich in humus and good drainage. Do not give this plant a pot that is much larger than its previous pot, the potting mix will take a lot longer to dry out, and it may cause overwatering string of turtles plant.
Except the root bound and root rot situations, the best time to repot string of turtles plant is spring, when the temperature is suitable for plant to take new rots and grow. Avoid repotting during periods of dormancy like winter as this may slow down the growth of the string of turtles plant.
Take the Plant Out of Pot
Remove your string of turtles plant from the pot with the soil. You might need to toggle on it to help it out of the pot
Clean Soil & Prune Roots
You can make use of your hands to loosen the roots of the plant from the soil. Cut off the dead roots, rot roots and vines.
After extracting the string of turtles plant, allow the roots to air dry for a couple of hours depending on how saturated the plant is.
Fill the Pot with Right Soil Mix
Find a lager new pot and place the new soil. Basin soil requires loose and breathable, rich in humus and good drainage. It is better to use a pot that has drainage holes to prevent soil from retaining excess liquids. If your pot does not have drainage holes, you can make use of rocks at the bottom of your pot.
Place Plant in Pot
When the string of turtles plant roots are dry, you can now put it in the new pot. Fill the pot about ¾ way up then place the healthy plant in the middle and cover up with soil.
Water the soil
Once you have planted the healthy plant, you can wet the soil gently. Don’t give water when soil is still wet and wait for the soil to dry then give it water only.