Beginner’s Guide to Repotting Houseplants | Way of life

Repotting houseplants can be tedious and intimidating, especially for new plant parents. However, transferring plants to a new home is necessary to ensure healthy growth.

Some signs that may indicate that a plant needs to be repotted include soil that dries out too quickly, roots growing out of the bottom of pots, or a slower growth rate that causes the plant to root. If these signs appear, a plant’s health will decline due to root rot or it won’t receive the necessary nutrients as it would with fresh soil.

When choosing a new home for your plant, opt for a pot that has drainage holes. These holes ensure that there is not an excessive amount of water at the bottom of the pot, which can cause fungal problems or root rot.

Generally, you should repot your plant in a deeper pot that is no more than two to three inches higher than the current pot. Too much space can also be a problem by drowning the roots if the soil stays wet for too long, limiting its oxygen levels.

There are many different brands of potting soil to consider when repotting, but the brand of soil doesn’t matter. As long as the packaging specifies its use for indoor houseplants, it will work just fine. However, it is best to research your plant in case it has a preference for the soil mix.

Here are five steps to get started.

Step 1: Remove your plant from its pot

Lean the plant on its side and squeeze the pot gently to help loosen the soil. Use caution during this step to ensure the roots are not torn or mishandled.

Step: 2: Place your plant in water

Placing your plant in water for a few minutes will allow the roots to loosen and grow, making it easier to wash away the old soil. Cleaning up your plant’s old soil will also allow you to see the condition of the roots.

Step 3: Massage the root ball

Gently massage the root ball until the roots are no longer curled up, so they have room to grow in their new pot.

Step 4: Place your plant in a new pot

To avoid making a mess indoors, moisten your potting soil before adding it to the new pot. Fill your new, clean pot about a third full with the potting soil. Stand the plant upright in the pot and add more potting soil to cover the roots. Leave about two inches of space at the top without patting the ground, as this can prevent water from draining properly.

Step 5: Add more water

Finally, water your plant generously as soon as it is in its new home.

Most houseplants will benefit from repotting once a year or every 18 months, but the best times to repot houseplants are in late winter or early spring, as they start again to grow after sleeping all winter.

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