If you have plants in your home, you probably already know that they will outgrow their pots at some point. Different plants grow at different rates which means that there is no set schedule for repotting. The best thing to do is monitor your plants regularly and look out for the following signs:
- The roots are growing out the draining holes of the pot.
- Water remains on the surface and does not effectively drain.
- The plant looks too big for the pot.
- The quality of the soil has deteriorated.
- You have not repotted in years.
Before repotting, make sure that you have all the supplies you will need. Here is a quick list:
- A new pot
- Sharp knife or scissors
- Fresh potting soil (different plants use different types of soil so choose wisely)
- Coffee filter (for covering the drainage holes in the pot)
Now that you have everything you need, you will have to place the filter in the pot so that all the holes are covered. Add the potting mix but don’t fill the pot. You want to create a thick base to allow the roots to grow. Remove the plant from the old pot. Be careful and use your gloves and trowel to ensure that you don’t dirty your hands or harm the plant. Trim the roots to untangle them and remove old roots growing out the rootball. By doing this, you will encourage root growth and your plant will be healthier. Now add your plant and fill the pot with more potting soil to support the plant. Remember, your potting soil will become compressed after a few days or weeks due to watering. So add a bit extra to the top and, if need be, you can top up your pot at a later stage to keep your plant stable and supported. Water your plant and follow your usual care instructions to keep your plant in good health.