We do a lot of potting and repotting here at the office – but with Summer sneaking up on us, its time to do some at home. Plants typically need to be repotted every year to 18 months, and the best time to repot them is early Spring (before the growth season). We’ve been busy bees this Spring, putting some chores on hold. You too? Don’t stress. Follow our step-by-step guide and you’ll be done with your repotting in no time.
P.S. A common misconception, repotting does not necessarily mean putting the plant in a new planter, but rather, changing its soil or potting mix. Great news if you love your planter. Better news if you’re looking to splurge on a really nice one (as we did below). If you are changing planters, keep it the size the same or no more than 2” smaller or larger.
Signs you need to repot
- Roots growing through the bottom drainage hole
- Roots pushing the plant up, out of the planter
- Slow growth
- Plant becomes top heavy, falls over on its own
- Plant dries out more quickly then usual
- Noticeable salt & mineral build up on plant and planter
- Newspaper for easy clean-up
- Potting soil & shovel
- A watering can or makeshift water bottle
- Scissors (if pruning)
- Your plant
- A planter
1. Water thoroughly the day or two before
2. Pre-moisten the new potting mix
3. Turn plant upside down, hold gently by the stems and tap the bottom of the container until plant slides out (feel free to get those hands dirty and help)
4. Prune dead or extra long roots
5. If root bound (roots growing in circles around plant), unbind roots & trim them back
6. Remove 1/3 of the old potting mix
7. Pour a layer of new, pre-moistened potting mix into the planter
8. Set plant in center of the planter, making sure it’s centered
9. Add soil around the plant until it is secure – be sure not to press down too hard, you want the roots to breath
10. Even out mix, water well, let drain. Done!
Tips & Tricks
Remember to keep a newly potted plant out of bright, direct sun for about 1 week, as it acclimates to its new environment. Questions? Don’t be shy – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.