If you’ve been wondering how to repot a plant at home, look no further! We will walk you through the five simple steps you need to follow to do it like a pro. Repotting your plants can be beneficial for several reasons:
• It can help them grow taller and bushier.
• It can improve their drainage.
• It can help keep them healthy and thriving.
And if you move your plant to another room or move your whole home to another house, repotting them may be what’s needed to match the new décor. And if you make your own pottery or just purchased a new pot from your local gardening store, it may also be time to repot some plants. Transplanting them into new homes can be a little daunting and you really want to make sure you get it right.
So, if your plants are starting to look a little cramped in their current pots, or if you want to give them a fresh start, read on for our tips on repotting them like a pro!
Before you get to work, it is essential to ensure you have all the supplies. It includes:
• A new pot that is at least a few inches wider and deeper than the current pot
• Fresh potting soil
• A small shovel or trowel
• A pair of gloves (optional)
Now let’s get started!
1. Choose A Larger Pot
One of the most critical aspects of plant care is choosing the right pot. A pot that is too small will restrict a plant’s root growth, leading to stunted growth. On the other hand, a too-large pot will make it difficult for it to develop a robust root system. When repotting it, it is essential to choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one.
It will give the roots enough room to grow without further causing problems. Once you have selected an appropriate pot, you can begin repotting your plant.
2. Prepare the Pot
The next step is to prepare the new pot for your plant. If you use a plastic pot, drill holes in the bottom for drainage. Then, add a layer of gravel or rocks to the bottom of the pot. It will help with drainage and prevent the soil from becoming waterlogged.
If you are using a clay pot, it is essential to soak it in water for several hours before adding the plant. It will help to prevent the pot from drying out and cracking. Once your pot is prepared, you can add the fresh potting soil.
3. Remove the plant from its current pot
After choosing a new pot and taking the potting mix out of its packaging and then preparing, it is time to remove the plant from its current pot. Gently grasp the base of the stem and rock it back and forth until it loosens from the pot. If the plant does not easily come out, you can try tipping the pot on its side and tapping it lightly until it slides out.
If the plant is particularly large or stubborn, you may need to use a knife to loosen the roots before it releases. Once it is out of its pot, take a moment to inspect the roots. If they are tightly wound or circling the root ball, use your fingers or a sharp knife to loosen them carefully. It will encourage new growth and help the plant thrive in its new home.
4. Place the Plant in Its New Pot
After you have finished preparing the new pot and the root ball, it is time to place the plant in its new home. Start by setting the plant in the center of the pot. Then, begin to fill in around the root ball with fresh potting mix, using your hands to tamp down the soil as you go gently.
Once the pot is filled, give the plant a good drink of water and add more soil if necessary. Once your plant is settled in, be sure to place it in a spot where it will receive the appropriate amount of light for its needs. With care and attention, it will soon adjust to its new pot and thrive.
5. Water Your Plant
After you have removed your plant from its old pot and placed it in the new one, it is time to water it. Use room temperature water, as cold water can shock it and cause damage. When watering, always check the soil before adding water.
The top of the soil should be dry to the touch before you water it again. If it is still damp, wait a day or two and check again. Once you have determined that the plant needs water, slowly add enough to moisten the entire root ball. Allow the excess water to drain away, then place the plant in a bright location out of direct sunlight.
With proper care, your plant will soon adjust to its new home and thrive.
Garden planning software, such as Garden Savvy, can help you keep track of your plants and their needs and give you tips on how to care for them. There are many programs available, so be sure to choose one right for you and your garden. Garden software can make the whole gardening experience easier and more enjoyable. It takes the worry out of planning, and you don’t need to look up every little detail and question online about your plants. With time and effort, you can create a beautiful, thriving garden that will provide you with enjoyment for years.
Repotting a plant can seem like a daunting task, but it is easy to do with care and attention. By following these five simple steps, you can give your plant a fresh start to continue growing and thriving. It will soon be blooming better than ever with a bit of love and care. Happy gardening!