The art of repotting

Re-potting can be a time-consuming, messy and annoying task. Which is why it is often forgotten or, more likely, put off until another day! However, regularly re-potting your plants in larger pots is important and provides many benefits:
  1. The plant will have more room to grow and will thrive better as a result.
  2. Fresh potting soil will provide fresh nutrients to the plant which further stimulates growth.
  3. Additional soil also provides your plant with a larger reservoir of stored water which reduces the frequency of watering. 
  4. It prevents roots from choking inside the pot and not being able to reach the nutrients they need. 
  5. It reduces the likelihood of disease.

Re-potting your plant after purchase

Whether or not you choose to purchase a new pot with your plant, all Plantsome plants come in their original grower's pot. Your new green friend will be happy in their growers pot for many months but eventually you will need to move them into a new home. All growers pots have large drainage holes that allow excess water to flow out. Make sure you have a saucer that can catch that excess water before it spills on to your beautiful hardwood floor! 

Re-potting in a pot with drainage

When you bought a pot that has proper drainage holes you've got it easy. You can re-pot your plant right away. All excess water will simply flow away and you are minimizing the risk of root rot due to standing water. To make sure your floor doesn't get soaked make sure you have a saucer or flood tray so the water can flow out without damaging your floor. Not everyone likes that look so think about this before ordering your pots. 

Re-potting in a pot without drainage

Potting your plant in a pot without drainage gives you some more flexibility in terms of shapes and sizes of pots. These types of pots are typically seen as more modern because they don't come with saucers or drainage holes but this comes at a cost. Because the water has no place to go you will have to add a layer of drainage to the bottom of the pot and train yourself not to over-water your plant. There are many choices when it comes to drainage layer materials. These include clay shards, wood chips, small pebbles, rocks or even charcoal also works well. The main point is this layer prevents the roots from touching any standing water that might seep down. When roots sit in standing water they are prone to rot. 

Re-potting an older plant

Plants prefer to get re-potted about once every two years. Some fast growing plants even prefer a yearly ritual. When you see roots protruding from the pot, it is time to re-pot. If roots start coming out from underneath the pot, same story. It is also sensible to re-pot your plant if it has had an illness. Lastly, if you see that your plant is clearly reaching the edges of the pot, re-pot! Check out the care pages. for specific tips and tricks for your plant. 

Some tips when re-potting your plant

  • Do not re-pot your plants in winter. If you bought your plant in winter and are dead set on re-potting it, take extra care to not damage any roots. 
  • The best time to re-pot plants is spring. This will give your plant enough time to grow before winter season starts. 
  • 95% of plants will have no problem being in regular potting soil. No need for any specialty soil.
  • Make sure that the root clump stays about one to two centimetres underneath the edge of the pot.

Re-potting your plant in 7 steps...

  1. Water your plant before re-potting. The soil and roots should be nice and moist. 
  2. If your pot has no drain hole add a 2 cm layer of gravel, lava rock or something similar to the bottom of the pot. This will keep the roots out of any standing water. 
  3. Add soil to the pot. Add enough soil to the pot so that when transferred, the base of the plant is about 1-2 cm below the rim of the pot. 
  4. Remove the plant from the old pot. When you do this be careful that you don't pull the plant. Instead, tip the plant upside down with one hand covering the soil and then with your other hand gently loosen and lift the pot. 
  5. Place the plant in the new pot. Centre the plant and ensure that the base of the plant is 1-2 cm below the rim of the pot. 
  6. Add more soil around the sides of the root ball. With your fingers, gently pack down the soil on all sides until the plant is firmly positioned. 
  7. Water your plant one more time. Add more soil if necessary but be sure to not cover the base or stem of the plant with soil. 

Voila! Your plant is in their new home!

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