How to Repot a Houseplant

A Step by Step Guide

Repotting PlantsJust as hermit crabs outgrow their shells; houseplants will eventually outgrow their pots!

If you have any plants that exhibit any of these symptoms: declining growth, stunted, pale and dull, water drains quickly through the soil, then it is probably time to place them in a container.

Follow this step-by-step guide to repotting your plants.

  1. First, choose a container that is only about 2 inches larger in diameter than the current pot.  If the pot is too large the potting soil will retain too much water which can cause root rot.
  2. Carefully free the plant from its current container.  It may be helpful to dampen the soil so that the roots can slide freely from the side of the pot.
  3. Now tickle the roots!  With your fingers gently loosen and pull apart the roots along the sides and bottom of the root-ball.  Dead or decaying roots can be cut away using a pair of pruners.  This step will encourage new root growth.
  4. Now center your plant in the middle of its new container.  Buy a high quality potting soil that is light weight and has good drainage.  Adjust the height of the plant using the potting soil so that the soil line is about 1/2 to 1 inch from the top of the container.  Now fill in the rest of the container gently pressing the soil around the plants roots.
  5. Water the plant and allow the water to flow out from the bottom of the container to ensure good contact with the roots.  Add more soil if necessary.

Before and After

Repotting your houseplants will greatly improve their overall health. It's like sending your plants to a health spa. We tend to ignore indoor plants, treating them like green statues, until they look so awful there's no way you can not see them. So be kind to your plants and take time to give them a new home this year!

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