How to Repot Houseplants
It might be time for you to repot your plants if they have outgrown their pots and look like they need to be transplanted into a larger container. Give your plants the plant care they deserve by learning about how to repot your houseplants! It’s an easy task that you should have no trouble with doing so here are some tips to make sure you're doing everything right when repotting.
Why do you need to repot houseplants and how often do they need to be repotted?
The first step of repotting a houseplant is to determine whether your plant should be moved up a size in pots, or if you need to transplant them into something new entirely. If they've physically grown too big for their current container, then you'll want to find one with at least 10-15% more room than the pot they currently live in. There are many reasons why one may want to repot their plants. One reason is that the plant is taking up too much space in the pot leaving no room for any sort of growth, whether it’s leaves, stems or even the roots. If a plant’s roots take up the entire space below, it becomes root bound. When a plant is root bound, the roots are ‘bound’ within the plant pot, you’ll notice signs such as stunted growth, yellowing or browning of leaves, or the roots making an appearance above the soil surface.
Houseplants plant need to be repotted quite often if they’re thriving with lots of growth. If they grow too much and become too compacted over time, the leaves will start to droop and turn brown. Repotting these plants helps provide more room for roots as well as access to sunlight so they can grow taller and fuller. This can happen at least once a year depending on how fast each plant species grows.
How do you repot houseplants?
- Loosen the dirt around the roots of your plants, shaking out the soil first and then gently pulling on the plant to help loosen the roots.
- Remove any dead or dying leaves, and prune away any damaged stems from your plant before repotting it into a new pot.
- Fill in gaps around the roots with fresh soil to help prevent rot, and make sure that there is enough space between the top of your pot's drainage hole and its rim for excess water to drain out.
- Water thoroughly once you're finished replanting! Plants are usually very sensitive when they're first being transplanted and can experience something called ‘transplant shock’ - don't let them dry out too much during this time period or else they'll die.
- Place your newly potted houseplants in an area where it will receive bright sunlight but not direct sunlight (direct sun can burn their leaves).
- Remember to fertilise your houseplants every few months with liquid fertiliser diluted at half-strength if you want long-lasting plants.
Houseplants are a beautiful addition to any home or office. While they can grow in one pot their entire life, they still need some space to grow. If you want your houseplants to look their best and have the most amount of room for growth, then it's time to take them out of that tiny container and get them into something bigger. This is an occasional task that must be done to keep your houseplants healthy and happy all year round. There are pretty plant pots available here at Cheeky Plant Co.