It can be intimidating and downright difficult taking on the task of replanting your houseplants – but it’s absolutely necessary to keep them healthy. Moving your plants to a larger pot gives the roots more room to grow and provides fresh, nutrient-rich soil. How often this should be done depends upon the type of plant you’re growing. Some must be replanted every year, while others can grow in the same container for quite some time. It’s best to re-pot during periods of growth, which typically occur around spring or summer.
8 Steps to Replanting Houseplants
- Select a pot that is 1-2 inches wider than the pot the plant is presently growing in. It should have at least one hole in the bottom for proper drainage.
- Water the plant in its current container, and let it soak for about one hour before replanting.
- Cover the drainage holes with a coffee filter to keep the soil from escaping. Place the appropriate amount of soil mixture (which will depend on the type of plant you are growing) and water until it is moist enough to stick to your finger.
- Place one hand on top of the pot, and let the stem of the plant rest between your fingers. Hold the bottom of the pot with your other hand, and tap the rim on a firm surface until the plant is loose enough to remove without hurting the roots.
- Examine the roots, and clip off any that are black, very pliable or smell bad. Use a knife to make three or four upward cuts to the center third of the root ball. Clip through any roots that are growing in a circular shape.
- Prune about one-third of the root system if you would like to control the size of the plant. Pull off the top edge of the root ball right before you replant.
- Add 1-2 inches of the moistened soil mixture to the base of the pot. Set the plant in the pot at the same level it was growing before, and fill three-fourths of the way with the rest of the soil.
- Water your plant until moisture trickles through the holes in the bottom of the pot.
Remember to not over-water your indoor plants! This could ultimately lead to root rot, mold, or mildew. To ensure that you’re keeping these nasty diseases away, be sure to treat your plants with Pure 3-Way. The natural ingredients in this fungicide will fight off disease while keeping you, your plant, and your loved ones same from harsh chemicals found in other products.