How to Repot Cacti


The sturdy composition of cacti enables them to acclimate quickly to transplants when you give them new and larger containers. When you grow cacti in containers, you can repot cacti at any time of the year that you notice them outgrowing their current pots. Leave cactus plants alone in their new pots after transplanting, and when you revisit them, they will be ready to receive their regular watering and sunlight again.

Step 1

Place the screen on the bottom of the planting container to prevent soil from washing out the drainage holes.

Step 2

Fill the container with 2 to 3 inches of potting mix.

Step 3

Loosen the cactus carefully from its current planting container. While wearing the gloves, gently lift the cactus from the soil. Use the tongs to prevent jabs from cactus spines, if necessary.

Step 4

Set the cactus plant into the new planting container so the crown of the plant is just below the rim of the container.

Step 5

Add more cacti potting mix to the container, filling the container up to the crown of the cactus plant. Firm the soil gently with your hands to finish transplanting the cactus.

Step 6

Place the cactus in a location where it receives about half the usual amount of sunlight during the first month after transplanting. This will lessen transplant shock and help the cactus acclimate to the transplant.

Step 7

Water the cactus for the first time about one week after you transplant. Resume your regular watering schedule at this time.

Things You'll Need

  • New planting container (1 to 2 inches larger than the current container) with drainage hole
  • Small piece of screen
  • Cacti potting mix
  • Gardening gloves
  • Tongs


  • University of Nebraska: Care of Cactus in the Home
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