Repotting doesn’t need to be a hindrance. Whether you are potting up because the plant has outgrown its current pot, replacing the soil as it no longer has any nutrients, or simply changing decor as the pot no longer compliments that rug and those cushions, following these simple steps will ensure success. Use our method to repot into a liner (which will sit in your decorative pot) or into a bigger grow pot, keeping your houseplants happy.
Ready for a re-pot? Here are the tell-tale signs:
Slow stunted growth
Roots pushing the plant out of the pot
Roots growing through the pot drainage hole
The plant is too top heavy
If your plant is root bound, the pot will be a tight fit, with the thicker roots spiralling round at the bottom
Our Stress-Free Steps For Repotting
Remove plant from current pot
Turn the plant and pot on its side and tap the bottom of the pot. Try gently rolling/ squeezing the plastic pot, or try getting your fingers in around the edge of the pot and soil to loosen it.
Loosen the roots gently
Start rubbing the edges of the soil loosening the thread roots. Next lay the plant on its side and gently kneed the root system, untangling the main roots. Do not remove all soil from roots, you just want to loosen them.
Prepare new potting soil
Whether you are increasing the plant pot size or simply refreshing the soil, it makes sense to add fresh potting mix now. A happy houseplant will thank you for the food. Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the old potting soil from the old pot, and add a layer of new potting soil, packing it down afterwards. (If potting into a new grow pot or liner, use new potting soil). If your pot does not have a drainage hole, add a drainage layer of gravel or better still hydrogranules.
Planting the plant
Sit your plant on the new soil in the pot making sure the soil level is not too high or too low. The plant needs to support its own weight without burying the crown. Once the height and position are correct, fill in and around the roots with new soil until full, lightly pressing down afterwards.
Water your new potted plant
When the pot or liner is full, level off the soil in the top of the pot and give your plant a drink, remembering not to add too much water. As the new potting soil will have nutrients, you will not need to fertilise the plant.
Spring cleaning Always try to repot in the spring.
Hungry Hun You should repot every 12-18 months, refreshing soil nutrients.
No drainage hole no problem Repot into a plant pot liner with 1 inch of hydrogranules at the bottom.
Made of the right stuff Use a well-draining houseplant potting mix, not garden soil/compost
Too big to grow Go steady, increase pot size by 2” to 4"s if the pot is too big, your plant will suffer.