Repotting plants can be a challenge if you have never done this before. However, it is not so difficult as it may seem. One thing you should be careful about is not to stress your green buddy too much in the process. Let’s take a look at how to do it right.
Your plant may need repotting when the change of soil is required, or if it outgrew the old pot and needs a new, bigger one. Most plants need to be repotted about once a year, depending on how they grow.
Right Time to Repot
- Roots are growing through the drainage hole.
- Roots can be seen above the ground.
- There are no signs that the plant is growing.
- The plant dries out fast and needs constant waterings.
- You can see salt and mineral build-up on the pot.
- The plant has become too big for its pot.
Repotting Step by Step
- First, take the plant out of its pot by holding it by the stems and tapping at the bottom of a pot. Do it carefully, be nice and gentle.
- Then, loosen the roots and gently massage them to remove any decayed material.
- Next, take a new pot and place a layer of soil at its bottom. In case your pot has no drainage hole, place some drainage at the bottom first.
- Place your plant inside the pot, put it in the center, add more soil around the plant. Press the soil down a little, don’t make it too tight.
- Finally, give you plant plenty of water and place it on the light. You may even talk to your repotted plant to comfort it.
To help your plant get used to the new planter faster, keep it out of direct sunlight for a while before finding it the permanent place in your house. Talk to it to cheer it up!