How to Repot a Plant

How to Repot a Plant

Plants, like people, can outgrow their living space. While the plant may not seem large, the roots may be struggling for room, so it’s a good idea to repot growing house plants annually.

Having potting mix, a trowel and the new pot handy. Many also like to wear gardening gloves. Repotting can get messy, so it’s best to work outside or in a place easily swept.

Plants with damp soil are easiest to get out of the pot so water the plan a day or two before so it will easily slide from the old pot. To remove the plant, slide the trowel gently along the inside of the pot to pull the soil away. If the soil is moist, you may not need this step. Next, gently place the plant’s stem between your thumb and index finger with your hand flat on top of the existing soil. Use this hand to support the plant as you turn the pot upside down, dumping the plant from the pot. It is not a good idea to pull the plant as you may damage its stem. If it does not want to come out easily, tap the bottom to get it free.

Using your fingers, gently break up the compacted root ball. Soil and roots may come off – that is what you want to happen. This will help the roots to spread through the new soil. If the roots are rotten, dead, damaged or are very thick, use a garden shear to trim them down about a half inch. Fill your new pot with soil just high enough to set the plan on top of the mound and have an inch or so between the top of the plant’s soil and the top edge of the pot. Add mix around the plant to fill the pot, making sure to put a thin layer on top of the roots to cover and protect them. Once the pot is filled to about an inch from the top, water well and let drain.

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