7 Things To Do If Your Succulent Spills

If you own more than a few plants, at some point, you'll likely have one get knocked over. Some spills might not be too disruptive, but others might seem like they've completely destroyed your plants. Thankfully, succulents are resilient, and a large topple of a table isn't the end for them. Here are some great ideas for what to do when disaster strikes.

It's a proportunity!

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Many succulents propagate easily from leaves. So when your beloved plant spills, make sure to keep any of the leaves that got knocked off or broken and propagate them! Instead of having one of your favorite plant, soon you'll have lots! While some varieties won't propagate this way, others will grow from a remnant of a leaf, even if it was broken. Just make sure to let the end dry out before placing them on the soil.

Examine the roots

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Sometimes it's hard to tell if you're giving a succulent the perfect amount of water -- not too much and not too little. The best way to tell is by looking at the roots. But if your succulent is perfectly potted, it isn't usually worth uprooting it just to make sure you're on the right track. If it falls over though, that's a great time to see if the roots are healthy and if you're properly caring for your succulent.

More babies!

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When a succulent has babies growing along the stem they can be removed and planted in their own pot. Many growers are afraid to uproot a healthy plant just to remove the babies. If your plant falls over, this is a great time to separate out all the babies and plant them somewhere new.

Prune it to a new shape

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It's possible that when your succulent fell, some of the pieces broke off and it could be left looking a little lopsided. If this is the case, it's a great time to prune your succulent and give it a new shape! Pruning succulents promotes new branches to grow so you'll end up with more succulents than before. Plus, you can replant any of the cuttings you removed (or that broke off).

Repot it, but don't water

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Sometimes your succulent may still be intact and can easily be repotted into the original pot. In this case, go ahead and pot it back up. Just make sure you don't water it for a day or two. Watering a succulent that has recently been repotted can damage the roots and cause them to rot. It helps to let the succulent heal so any wounds on the roots dry before watering again.

An excuse to buy a new pot

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One of the disappointing parts of a succulent being knocked over is if the pot breaks. Cleaning up the pieces of ceramic is sad, especially if the pot was handmade or expensive. However, this is also an opportunity to purchase a fun new pot for your plant! You could look for something similar to the original pot, or try something new.

Repair the original pot

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If the original pot didn't break into a bunch of small pieces, it can likely be pieced back together like a puzzle. There's a beautiful Japanese technique for ceramic repair called Kintsugi. The pieces are joined back together using a lacquer mixed with gold or silver powder. In Japanese culture, it's believed that a pottery piece repaired this way is more beautiful than the original and embraces imperfection.

Save Your Succulents With This Critical Watering Technique And Look Like A Pro

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A big part of keeping succulents healthy is providing them with the right environment. You'll want to pay attention to the soil they're in, how much sunlight they're getting, and most importantly, how often you're watering them. The method and frequency of watering succulents are critical to preventing rot while encouraging lots of new growth.

What Succulent is Best for You?

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There are thousands of succulent varieties and not all of them will grow well in your climate or may require more (or less) work that you want to put in. It's important to know how much light and water your succulent plants need to thrive so you can select the plant that's best suited for you.

The Worst Mistakes Beginners Make When Growing Succulents

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Many people assume that they can take care of succulent plants however they want -- just treat them like normal house plants. The problem is succulents aren't like most other house plants. They have completely different watering needs and often need more sunlight and airflow than other plants. Find out what the most common succulent mistakes are and how to avoid them.

Is Your State On The List? 18 States Where Succulents Can Grow Outside Year Round

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Many people think of succulents as beautiful house plants but don't realize they can be grown outside year-round in many parts of the United States. Not every succulent is suited for outdoor growing in every state so here's a list of states and some of the succulents you can expect to grow outside year round there.

Yes, Your Succulent Is Probably Dying, But Here's What To Do About It

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There are a number of reasons your succulent might not be looking great. Find out how to tell what's wrong with your succulent and how you can fix it or prevent it from happening again.

This article originally appeared on Succulents and Sunshine.