10 plants with few roots that don’t need to be repotted

There are many small plants that do not need to be transplanted

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Transplanting is something that when you have potted plants you have to do from time to time, because the space the roots need to grow is very limited (they only have the one in the container). This makes it difficult to find plants that don’t need transplanting, as virtually all of them will need them at some point in their lives.

For this reason I will tell you who are the ones who either don’t need a transplant or only need one or two throughout their lives. This way you can kinda forget about having to change the pot.


aerial carnation (Tillandsia aeranthos)

The aerial carnation is a small plant

Air carnation is a plant that, as its name suggests, literally lives in the air. It doesn’t need soil, and therefore it doesn’t need a pot either.. Additionally, there are those who choose to have it on decorative rocks or hanging from a branch. Its roots are very short, so you can decide where to keep it.

However, it is important that it does not lack -indirect- light and that it is sprinkled with rain or fresh water every few days to moisten its leaves and thus ensure that it is hydrated.

donkey tail (Sedum Morganium)

Sedum morganianum is a coarse hanging plant that wants shade

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He Sedum Morganianum This is another hanging succulent whose roots take up little space. The leaves are very small, fleshy and glaucous green, and grow from a stem that reaches 50 or 60 centimeters in length.. At the top of each stem appear in summer pink or red flowers measuring less than one centimeter.

Like other succulents, this sedum needs a specific soil for succulents (on sale here), with very good drainage, and little watering.

hearts necklace (Ceropegia woodii)

The plant heart necklace is pendant

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The necklace of hearts is a succulent (or non-cacteal succulent to differentiate it from cacti) which It can be used as a pendant because it has very long stems -they can measure up to 4 meters- and is flexible.. The leaves are fleshy and heart-shaped, which is why it is called “necklace of hearts”.

Another of its most interesting characteristics is its ease of propagation by cuttings, since it suffices to cut a piece of it in the spring and plant it in a pot. Do not water it too much, because it is a plant that is much more resistant to drought than to excess water.

Echinopsis subdenudata

Echinopsis subdenudata is a spiny cactus

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The Cactus Echinopsis subdenudata is very small: grows about 7 centimeters in height for about the same diameter, so it is a more or less round cactus. The flower is white, appears in spring and is about 5 centimeters wide. Its growth is slow, but since it does not grow much either, it is not necessary to transplant it more than once in its entire life.

But it is very, very important that you put a cactus substrate and put it in an area where there is a lot of light. In addition, irrigation should be weak.

Gastronomy (all)

Gasteria is a small succulent

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Gasteria are succulents whose leaves tend to grow in only two directions. These are fleshy, lanceolate and of a more or less dark green. There are varieties and cultivars with variegated leaves (green and white or green and yellow). The flower blooms in spring-summer and is red.

Its maintenance is very simple, because if you plant it in a pot with soil for succulents, and avoid direct sunlight, and if you also water it from time to time, it will surely be beautiful.

Haworthia and Haworthiopsis

Indoor succulents are delicate plants

Haworthia and Haworthiopsis are small succulents, which They reach a height of about ten centimeters and a maximum width of 30 or 40 centimeters because they produce many offspring throughout their lives. They grow forming rosettes of fleshy leaves, of a color that can be lighter or darker green depending on the species. Many also have white lines which contrast strongly against the green.

They are succulents that don’t need as much light as many others, which is why they can be kept indoors. If you don’t want to have to change pots, it’s as simple as removing the growing children.


Hypoestes phyllostachya is a small plant

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The hypoestes are very small herbs, which They reach a height of about ten centimeters. Their roots do not take up much space either, so they are really interesting plants to keep in pots without transplanting them. In addition, there are different types: some with red leaves, others pink and white, others green. You can plant all or a couple together in the same container and thus achieve a very interesting composition.

When taking care of them, you must take into account that they are not cold resistant, so it is best to keep them inside the house if frost is registered in your area. They should also be watered moderately, and placed in a very light place.


Lithops is a succulent flowering plant

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Lithops or living stones are so small that they need a small container to do well. In addition, it will not be necessary to change the pot because its roots are very, very small, and the plant does not exceed 5 centimeters in height.

In addition, it produces white or yellow flowers -depending on the species- in spring. Of course, it needs direct sunlight and frost protection.

Peperomia (all)

Peperomia watermelon is a perennial herbaceous plant

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Peperomia are herbaceous plants, some succulents such as Peperomia ferreyraeWhat They usually do not exceed 20 centimeters in height. Since they have a small root system, they can be kept in a pot for years. Plus, you’ll only have to do this once in the vast majority of cases; and in the rest two.

When you do, put in a quality substrate, like the ones you’ll find here. Likewise, you should place the plants in a place where there is plenty of light but not direct, and protect them from the cold.

Tradescantia (all)

Indoor plants are not difficult to maintain

Tradescantias are fast-growing herbaceous plants that can be used as pendants, such as the tradescantia pallida. They reach an approximate height of 30 to 35 centimeters and have green, lilac or green and white leaves.It all depends on the species. In spring they produce small flowers at the top of each stem, and are usually pink, but can be whitish, blue or lilac.

It will be necessary to put them in a sunny place, as well as to give them moderate watering so that they can develop properly.

What do you think of these sparsely rooted plants that don’t need a transplant?

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