Repotting house plants can seem intimidating at times, but we are here to share some of our tips to make repotting a breeze. You can choose to re-pot a house plant for many reasons such as, plants being rootbound and needing a bigger pot or just finding a pot you like better and wanting to change things up.
When picking out a new pot remember these tips…
Keep the size no more than 3″ larger in diameter for tabletop planters and no more than 6″ larger in diameter for floor planters. If you’re repotting a very small plant, that is not root bound your new planter might only need to be an inch larger. You do not want your plant to be swimming in soil this can lead to over watering and accidently killing your house plant. Every planter should have drainage holes to keep your plant from becoming over watered and unhappy. Once you find a planter suited for your plant your next step is to find the right soil. Some houseplants need a certain kind of soil not just a basic kind, so you’ll want to look up what type is best for the house plant you’re repotting. Succulents and cactus need a sandier soil, while a philodendron can have a basic soil like peat-vermiculite or peat-perlite. Now it is time to re-pot, first gather the things you need such as the plant, pot, and soil.
Steps to Re-pot:
1. Remove plant from current pot
Turn your new plant sideways, hold it gently by the stems, and tap the bottom of pot until the plant slides out. You might need to give it a bit of help with a couple gentle tugs on the base of the stems.
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 meaning the roots are growing in very tight circles around the base of the plant, then you’ll want to unbind the roots as best you can and give them a trim. Do not pull roots apart this is not good for the plant.
3. Remove 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 fresh mix best suited for your plant type.
4. Add new potting mix
Pour in a layer of fresh potting soil into the new planter and pack it down, removing any air pockets.
5. Add plant
Set your plant on top of the fresh layer of 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.
Even out the potting soil on top and water well. After watering you may see the soil line go down and bit and that is okay. You do not want to soil to the top if the pot as this can cause all the water to spill out of the top and the plant will not get watered thoroughly.