Should I Repot My Lavender Pebbles And If So, How?

By Kiersten Rankel

Jun 18, 20244 min read

Lavender pebbles
  1. Roots peeking out? Time to repot for more space and better growth.
  2. 🌱 Late winter/spring repotting aligns with the plant's natural growth cycle.
  3. Terracotta or ceramic pots are best for breathability and drainage.

Spot the Clues: When Your Lavender Pebbles is Begging for a New Home

🌱 Root Tango: Tangled and Twisted

Escapee roots are not a plant's attempt at exploration; they signal a need for more space. If you see roots coiling at the pot's bottom or peeking through drainage holes, it's time for action.

πŸ’§ Thirsty Much? Water Drainage Woes

When your Lavender Pebbles' soil holds onto moisture like a security blanket, it's a drainage distress call. Waterlogged soil is a root rot recipe, and that's a culinary disaster in the plant world.

🚷 Stunted Growth: When Your Plant Hits a Plateau

If your Lavender Pebbles has stopped growing, it's not being lazyβ€”it's likely root-bound. Like a dancer in a too-small room, your plant can't bust a move. Recognize this standstill as a repotting signal.

Lavender Pebbles succulent in a small pot with well-draining soil.

The Repotting Rundown: A Step-by-Step Guide

🌱 Prepping the New Pad

Selecting the right soil mix and pot size is crucial. For Lavender Pebbles, a blend of 3 parts potting soil, 1 part clay pebbles, and 1 part pumice ensures optimal drainage. The new pot should be a size up from the old oneβ€”no more, no lessβ€”to prevent waterlogging or immediate repotting.

πŸ•° The Perfect Time to Make the Move

Repotting should be done during late winter or early spring, capitalizing on the plant's natural growth cycle. This timing allows the Lavender Pebbles to settle in before the growing season kicks into high gear.

🌿 Transplanting with TLC

To transfer your plant, first, hydrate it a day in advance to ease root tension. Gently remove the plant from its current container, being mindful not to damage the roots. If they're stubborn, a soft tap or squeeze of the pot can help. Place the plant in the center of the new pot, add fresh soil, and press lightlyβ€”roots need air too. After repotting, hold off on watering for a week to let the roots establish in their new environment.

Potted succulent arrangement including Lavender Pebbles plant, with visible soil.

Picking the Perfect Pot: Material Matters

🌱 Terracotta vs. Ceramic: The Breathable Duo

Terracotta pots are like gym gear for your Lavender Pebbles' roots, allowing them to breathe and avoid waterlogging. They're a bit thirsty, though, so watering becomes a more frequent task. Ceramic pots strike a balance, offering breathability with a bit less frequency in watering due to their less porous nature. And let's not forget, they can be real eye-candy with their designs.

🚫 Plastic Pots: Think Twice

Plastic pots might seem convenient, but they're like raincoats during a downpour for your plant's rootsβ€”too clingy with moisture. This can spell disaster for Lavender Pebbles that despise wet feet. Plus, they're lightweight, which might sound great until a gust of wind sends your green buddy tumbling. If you're an over-waterer, it's best to steer clear and opt for something that offers better drainage.

Potted Lavender Pebbles succulent indoors near a window, healthy with fleshy leaves.

Post-Repotting Care: Helping Your Plant Settle In

πŸ’¦ The First Watering: Quenching New Thirst

After repotting, water your Lavender Pebbles as if it's had a long day in the sun. This initial hydration is crucial, but here's the kicker: don't drown it. Water thoroughly, then let the soil approach dryness before you even think about watering again. This isn't a swimming lesson; it's more like a cool sip of lemonade on a hot day.

πŸ‘€ Spotting Stress Signals

Keep a vigilant eye out for drama queens among your plants post-repotting. Drooping leaves? They might just be throwing a fit over the new digs. Give it a week before you start worrying. If the soil feels like a wet sponge, back off on the water. If it's as dry as a stand-up comedian's wit, it's time to water. Remember, the plant's roots are now in the equivalent of a new school; they need time to make friends with the soil.

Repot your lavender pebbles with confidence and let Greg's custom watering plans πŸͺ΄ ensure they flourish in their new pot by preventing over or under-watering post-transplant.