Here is my easy peasy plant repotting guide! If you’ve purchased one of my plant pots or thinking of treating yourself and your plant baby then read on!
Repotting doesn’t need to be difficult but there are a few handy tips and tricks to make the transition smoother for your plant so that you can get the best out of it!
When to repot a plant!
- Your plant has grown too big for its pot or there hasn’t been much new growth in a while
- You’ve got a new plant and you’ve bought pretty pot for it to live in
- Roots have grown out of the drainage holes
- The potting mix has dried out and is crumbly, making the water drain straight through or sit on the top of the soil
Things you’ll need!
- New pot which is slightly larger than your current one and has drainage holes
- Potting mix
- A trowel
- Scissors or sharp knife
- Watering can
- Gloves (or if you’re up for getting messy thats fine too)
Let’s get started!
Step 1- Choosing your pot
Choose one which is only slightly larger than the existing and make sure it has a drainage hole!
If using a plain terracotta pot make sure to soak it before so that it doesn’t absorb any moisture from the soil. Our pots are perfect as they all come with a drainage hole and also a saucer to protect your surfaces from water. They are also sealed and varnished so that they are non porous and won’t draw any moisture away from your plant.
Step 2- Cover drainage holes
Place a coffee filter or broken pieces of terracotta in the bottom of your pot to prevent the soil from falling out of the hole. Make sure the water can still flow through easily and never completely block the hole!
Step 3- Layer Soil
Take your chosen potting mix and sprinkle a layer in the bottom of the pot, making sure the plant will still sit nicely below the rim of the pot. The soil shouldn’t really be more than an inch deep otherwise your new pot may be slightly too large.
Step 4- Water plant
Before removing your plant from its original pot, water it gently to help it slide out from the pot more easily and keep the soil together.
Step 5- Remove plant from old pot
If your plant is in a plastic pot, squeezing the edges of the pot should help to loosen your plant. Hold your pot upside down and allow the plant to almost ‘fall’ out of the pot rather than pulling too hard. If you find its really stuck get a sharp knife and follow the edges of the pot to cut around the plant and gently slide out.
Step 6- Prune and untangle roots
Now that your plant is out of the pot you can examine the roots to check the overall health of your plant! Use your fingers to gently untangle some of the roots so that they can grow outwards into the new soil. If you spot any blackened and slimy roots then cut these out as they are no longer healthy.
Step 7- Place plant
Sit your plant on top of the freshly laid soil and fill the space around it with more potting mix. Press down gently but not too hard as compacted soil won’t drain properly. Now give your plant a water to help settle the soil.
Step 8- Enjoy!
Place your plant in its intended location and water more frequently over the next couple of weeks. Your plant will be going through an adjustment period and might dry out more quickly!