How to Repot a Plant

woman repotting a plant

woman repotting a plantYou’ve cared for your plants for several months now. You’ve fertilized them, watered them, and watched them grow. But now you’re starting to notice that your plants are getting a bit too big for their pots. If it’s time to repot one or most of your plants, read over these guidelines on how to do it the right way:

Signs It’s Time to Repot

Plants typically need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months. However, some plants may need to be repotted sooner, while others can wait till later. It’s better to keep an eye out for the tell-tale signs that your plants need a new home:

  • Roots are growing out of the drainage holes
  • Water does not absorb into the soil and sits on the top
  • The soil looks like it’s disintegrating
  • It’s been a long time since you’ve repotted your plant
  • Your plant appears too big for its pot

What You Need

Steps to Repotting Your Plant

Step 1: Cover the drainage holes

Take your new pot and cover the drainage holes with a porous material, usually a coffee filter. Doing so will prevent soil from falling out without preventing water from passing through.

Step 2: Layer the soil

Add a base layer of soil to the bottom of your pot, inside the coffee filter, so the roots have somewhere to grow.

Step 3: Water your plant

Before you take your plant out of its old home, water it thoroughly. The water will bind the soil, keeping everything intact.

Step 4: Remove the plant from its old pot

Put on your gardening gloves and then turn the plant upside down, keeping one hand over the top of the pot. Rotate the plant a few inches in either direction to loosen it, and then let it fall out, all the while holding onto it. You can then use your scissors or knife to separate the plant from the pot further.

Step 5: Prune and untangle the roots

Using your scissors or knife, prune and remove old roots and untangle the newer, healthier roots.

Step 6: Place your plant in its new pot

Keeping the plant centered and upright, lower it down into the new pot. Add soil around it, pat it down, and then lightly water it to help the soil settle.

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