Once your plants begin to outgrow their plants, you’ll need to repot them. Repotting your indoor plants isn’t very difficult; you just need to make sure it’s done correctly so that your plants remain happy and healthy. Here are a few steps to help you out:
Repotting Plants in 7 Steps
- Is it time to repot? Repotting only needs to be done every two years or so, which isn’t all that often. Your plants should be fine as long as they are receiving the proper nutrients and water. Be sure to check the roots of your plant to see that that aren’t circling the bottom of the pot. If they are, your plant should be repotted.
- What pot size do you need? When you decide that you need to repot your plant, you should only go up one pot size. By having too much room in the pot, there’s a better chance that you’ll overwater the plant. One size larger means moving up two inches in diameter.
- Choose a pot. Select a pot that is well drained. Or, you may choose to add some stones or broken clay pieces to the bottom to add to drainage.
- Check the roots. Take your plant out of its pot and look at the roots – are they growing in a circle at the bottom? If so, this means your plant is root bound and you need to pull the roots out some so they can grow into the new soil. It’s okay if the roots break a little – it’s more important that the roots grow out so that they don’t become strangled.
- Select the right soil. Typically, plants need soil that is lightweight and organic. The soil you choose should hold water and allow the roots to breathe. A few great options for organic soil are peat moss or compost, perlite and/or vermiculite for air and drainage, sand and a slow release fertilizer.
- Filling the pot. When putting soil into the bottom of the new pot, make sure that it is packed down firmly. Then place the plant in the pot and fill in soil around the sides of the plant. Try and pack the rest of the soil in firmly as well – otherwise, you’ll find that after the plant has settled into the pot, the pot is only half full of soil.
- Add water. Thoroughly add water to your newly repotted plant after you repot. However, don’t water again until the top few inches of the soil have dried out.
Now that your beautiful houseplant has settled into its new spacious home, you have to make sure they stay healthy and safe from predators. By applying Green Thumb to your plants, you’re not only benefiting your foliage, but you’re also ensuring that pests, mold, and mildew stay away with the use of organic ingredients, including lemongrass oil.