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The overall expression makes the desert rose an exceptional specimen in local living rooms, on balconies and terraces… Anyone who chooses the desert rose knows that it is quite demanding. It should also be repotted every now and then.

Spring is the best time to repot the desert rose

Spring - time to repot

When the desert rose has come through the winter healthy and the hibernation is slowly being completed towards the end of February/beginning of March, the perfect time for repotting has come.

It is important that you repot your desert rose before the new shoots. Then she is not yet fully in the juice, is still in the rest and therefore tolerates a repotting action best and usually undamaged.

Alternative: In early summer

If you completely forgot to repot in the spring, you can repot the desert rose later. The later point in time is not ideal, but it is still an option. When the first bloom has passed, the desert rose can be repotted. This is usually the case in July.

How often is a repotting action necessary?

Basically, in contrast to other potted and tub plants, it is only necessary to repot the desert rose every few years. The reason: the slow growth of this steppe plant. You can tell you need to repot by the fact that the roots of the plant are sticking out of the drainage holes in the pot.

Step by step into the new pot

Here we go:

  • Carefully remove the desert rose from the old pot
  • shake old soil off the roots
  • if necessary, cut off dried, rotten, old roots
  • create a new vessel (with drainage holes!) with drainage
  • well suited as a substrate: cactus soil
  • or your own mixture e.g. B. from sand, pumice, perlite (37.51 €) and potting soil
  • Place desert rose in the middle
  • cover with substrate
  • press

After repotting, you should not cut the desert rose right away. Wait at least 4 weeks - if at all! It is also worth noting that you should not water the desert rose immediately after repotting in spring. If, on the other hand, the repotting takes place in summer, the plant can be watered.


When repotting, keep in mind that the desert rose is poisonous. It is therefore better to wear gloves to protect your skin!

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