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With some simple tips and tricks, potting your houseplants is easy. If you want to switch up the decor or your plant is overgrown, proper potting is key to setting your plant up for success. Let’s take a look at what to know before you pot.

Repotting your plants can sound tricky, but we have a few tips to make it a success.

With some simple tips and tricks, potting your houseplants is easy. If you want to switch up the decor or your plant is overgrown, proper potting is key to setting your plant up for success. Let’s take a look at what to know before you pot.

First things first: repotting does not necessarily mean changing a plant’s current planter, but rather, changing its soil or potting mix. Fresh soil means new nutrients. This is great news if you love your current planter but if you’re looking to purchase a new one that’s fine, too.

If you are changing planters, try to keep the size no more than 2cm larger in diameter for tabletop planters, and no more than 4cm larger in diameter for floor planters. If you’re repotting a very small plant, your new planter might only need to be a centimeter larger! The size is important here because typically when we move our plants to a larger pot with more soil, we will be inclined to water more often.

Plants typically need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months, depending on how actively they are growing. Some slow growers can call the same pot home for years. but will just require soil replenishment. Spring, before the start of the growing season, is usually the best time to re-pot your houseplants.

If you see one or a combination of these signs, you’ll know it’s time to repot:

  • Roots are growing through the drainage hole at, the bottom of the planter.
  • Roots are pushing the plant up, out of the planter.
  • The plant is growing slower than normal (different than winter dormancy)
  • The plant is extremely top-heavy and falls over easily.
  • The plant dries out more quickly than usual, requiring more frequent watering.
  • Aboveground parts of the plant take up more than three times the pot space
  • Noticeable salt and mineral build-up on the plant or planter

Here’s what you’ll want handy:

  • Your new houseplant, of course.
  • The planter you’re potting into.
  • Fresh potting mix.

1. Remove the plant from the current pot.

Turn your new plant sideways, hold it gently by the stems or leaves, and tap the bottom of its current pot until the plant slides out. You might need to give it a bit of help with a couple of gentle tugs on the base of the stems. houseplants.

2. Loosen the roots.

Loosen the plant’s roots gently with your hands. You can prune off any threadlike roots that are extra long, just make sure to leave the thicker roots at the base of the foliage. If your plant is root bound – the roots are growing in very tight circles around the base of the plant – unbind the roots as best you can and give them a trim.

3. Remove the old potting mix.

Remove about one-third or more of the potting mix surrounding the plant. As it grew, your plant removed some of the nutrients in the current mix, so you’ll want to give it a fresh mix if you’re potting it anyway!

4. Add a new potting mix.

Pour a layer of fresh potting soil into the new planter and pack it down, removing any air pockets. If your new planter doesn’t have a drainage hole, layer the bottom with lava rocks or similar (rocks, gravel, etc.) before the grow pot on top of the fresh layer or mix in the new planter, making sure it’s centered, then add potting mix around the plant until it is secure. Be sure not to pack too much soil into the planter, as you want the roots to breathe.

5. Add a new potting mix.

Pour a layer of fresh potting soil into the new planter and pack it down, removing any air pockets. If your new planter doesn’t have a drainage hole, layer the bottom with lava rocks or similar (rocks, gravel, etc.) before the grow pot on top of the fresh layer or mix in the new planter, making sure it’s centered, then add potting mix around the plant until it is secure. Be sure not to pack too much soil into the planter, as you want the roots to breathe.

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