Tips from Olle Garden Bed: Repot Your Plant with This Easy Three-Step Method
It's not difficult to re pot plants, but you don't want to just pull something up with green plants and stuff it into a new container. Here, we will show you how to judge whether your plants need to be re potted, and how to do it in a way that ensures maximum success.
How to judge whether plants need to be repotted again?
There are some signs that your factory needs a new home. If the root protrudes from the bottom of the pot or hovers on the surface, the plant seems to be top heavy and easy to fall, or if the potting mixture dries quickly and you need to water more and more frequently, it is time to pot again.
If you feel that your plants do not grow as they used to, or do not look as lively as they used to, you can also re pot them. Even if it does not need a larger pot, refreshing the potted medium can also bring it back to life.
If possible, it is better to re pot the plants when they are actively growing. For most indoor plants, this is the same time of year when all other plants grow, usually from early spring to late summer. However, if necessary, you can re pot at any time. The exception is if your plant has just arrived from the nursery; Travel is stressful for all of us (including plants!), So give it a few weeks to adjust before disturbing the root.
What size pot should I use for repotting?
It is better to increase the size to about 2 inches, which means if your plant is currently in an 8-inch pot, please increase it to 10 inches. That is because the root cannot absorb water quickly enough in a too large pot, and the plant may drown. For larger floor plants, you should place the planter approximately 4 inches in size.
Most importantly, make sure that your new pot has holes in the bottom for draining. No plant likes to stay wet and will die quickly because its roots are wet. The old school advice of putting stones on the bottom of a pot without holes to improve drainage is a myth. Soil scientists have found that it is not easy for water to move from the fine material layer (such as potted soil) to the coarser layer (gravel, cobblestone, etc.). This means that water will sit there and eventually drown your plants! If you want to use a decorative pot without holes, just place a small pot with drain holes in the decorative pot.
How to repot plants
Before starting, you need some supplies: a work area (you can do it outside, or cover the counter with old boxes or potting tarpaulins); Fresh potted mixture; A small trowel and a new pot. If you want to reuse the old pot, please clean it with soapy water first, then rinse and dry it. Gloves are also a good idea if you don't want dirt under your nails. Now you are ready to refill the basin.