It’s Time to Repot an Indoor Plant

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Taking care of houseplants can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Repotting is an easy step you can take to keep your indoor plants healthy by revitalizing the soil and increasing available nutrients. You can also re-pot a plant to convert it to a larger pot if it is indicating that the pot it is in has outgrown it. Follow these steps to reapply with confidence and Your indoor plants are like a pro.

to startYou will need some newspaper or waxed paper, indoor potting mix, scissorsyour plants, new pots where necessary, gloves, and a spade for scraping the soil.

how to tell when It’s Time to Repot Your Plant

It’s time to repot your plants if it’s been more than a year since you last replanted, if the soil looks crusty or has a build-up of minerals or salts, or if the bottom of the container is full of drainage holes. If the roots are growing through the medium, it indicates that your plant needs more room to grow. You do not need to transition to a larger container unless the last indicator is present. For plants that are fine in their current digs, repotting is done to freshen the soil, but they can go back to their original pots.

How to repot indoor plants

To start, it’s a good idea to spread some newspaper or wax paper under the area you plan to work on to make it easier. clean up afterwards, To unpot the pot, grab your plant from the side and gently grasp it by the stems at the base, close to the soil. Then, while tap the bottom of the pot Pull gently on the stems. Without twisting too much, sometimes it helps to give the plant a small jerk to help it break free. This part may take some patience if the plant is stubborn, but don’t pull too hard or twist the stems Can damage the vascular system of the plant.

Once the plant is free, gently loosen the roots with your fingers, D-Shaking roots. make sure the roots can move around a bit, and trim the extra long ones, Thread-like roots. If the roots have begun to freeze at the base of the pot, This may happen Time for a bigger pot. For now, you should work them out slowly and carefully to keep the plant from becoming root bound-tied-this The condition can suffocate the larger roots and hinder the delivery of water and nutrients to the foliage.

Working with the roots probably loosened a bunch of soil, which is okay since you’ll need to remove about a third of the soil for re-potting. Discard the surface soil if it is mineralized or crusty and make some room for fresh soil and the nutrients your plant needs. You can shake the roots a bit to remove excess Earth,

Once you’ve removed some of the old soil, add some new soil to the pot. Replant the plant and cover the roots with new potting mix, gently firming it, but don’t break the roots with your hands. Don’t fill the pot all the way to the top as it will overflow when you water, and make sure the soil is slightly flexible, allowing some oxygen to circulate. Then, all you have to do is roll up your paper to discard. and water Your repotted plant.

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