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How do I keep plants flourishing through repots and garden movements?

A plant may require occasional replanting for a myriad of reasons to result in a healthier plant. With the repotting process, you give your plant a more suitable growing environment, fresh soil mix, and nutrients. Besides the health benefits, repot also helps in improving the appearance of a plant. Unfortunately, repotting of a plant can be tricky for newbies, but we have a few tips to make this process a success.           

When to Repot?

Repotting is not merely the changing of the planter, but rather the changing of soil so that it can get new nutrients. If you don’t change the existing planter that’s fine, but if you’re changing it, make sure the size is no more than 6’’ larger in diameter for floor planters and 3″ larger for the tabletop planter. The planter you choose must have good drainage as well. Put a tray beneath it to catch excess water if any. 

If you notice the following signs with your plant, it is time to repot:

  • Roots are pushing the plant up or growing through the drainage hole at the bottom.
  • The plant is flourishing slowly than normal.
  • The plant dries out more speedily than usual.
  • There is mineral and salt build up on the plant or planter. 

Usually, plants need to be repotted every 12 to 14 months. However, some slow-paced plant can be grown in the same pot for years. Early Spring, before the beginning of the growing season, is the ideal season for repotting of the plants. 

How to Repot?

Now you’re aware of when to repot, check out the steps below to find how to repot.

What You Need

  • Your plants, of course
  • Old newspaper for easy cleanup.
  • Fresh soil
  • Spray bottle for watering
  • Pruners

 Steps for Repotting

  • Water your plant intensively before you plan to repot.
  • Moisten the new soil if you feel it is dry.
  • Hold your plant gently by its stems and hold the bottom of its existing container until the plant slides out.
  • Loosen the roots with your hand and trim out any that is extra long.
  • Withdraw almost 1/3 of the old potting mix and then pour a fresh layer of pre-moistened soil.
  • Gently, set the plant on the top of the mix. Make sure it is centred. Add more potting mix around the plant. Don’t overdo it, leave some space for the roots to breathe.
  • Also, avoid piling soil all the way up to the top of the pot because it will make water rush off the sides of the pot.
  • Leave the soil line an inch from the top. Water it and let it drain.

It is necessary to be careful when moving the plant. Try to get as many roots as possible when digging plants. Make sure the roots have adequate soil so that plant can stay protected during the move. Be sure to provide your plant plenty of water for at least a few days following.


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