Spring is here, the days are growing longer, and your plants are entering their 'active growing phase'. This means the time is right to repot your plant babies, if you think they’re ready. We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions and answers for all things to do with repotting.
Why do you need to repot plants?
We normally repot in a vessel that gives your plant a bit of growing space, but for some, the crux of the repotting process is about replenishing the soil. Soil is one of the key factors that contribute to your plant’s overall health, along with water and sunlight, so every year or two it needs some new nutrients to guzzle.
How do I know if my plant is ready to be repotted?
If you see a combination of these signs, it's a good indication that it's time to re-pot:
- Roots are growing through the drainage hole at the bottom of the growing pot
- Roots are pushing the plant up, out of the pot
- Plant is extremely top heavy, and falls over easily (for some varieties this may be normal)
- Plant dries out more quickly than usual, requiring more frequent waterings
- Noticeable salt and mineral build up on the plant or planter
Why shouldn’t you put your plant in a pot that’s too big?
Part of the logic behind repotting is to encourage growth: if your plant is given more space, it will try and fill it. However, if you put your plant in a pot that’s too big (an increase of more than 3 or so inches), it’s much harder to discern how much water your plant needs, which can result in overwatering.
What kind of soil should I use?
The kind of soil you should repot with will vary a bit between plants, so it’s worth having a look online to find out the mix your plant likes. Importantly, most indoor plants won’t like the compost you use in English gardens, as it will not allow for adequate drainage, but they may like it blended with the potting soil used for succulents.
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