Putting plants in good pots or re-potting plants is critical to ensure they will have a long, healthy life. If you have always worked in a garden but now want indoor plants, it takes a completely different approach that you should learn.
To start with, you need the right tools including the right pots. The upside, you do not need to have a green thumb but you should know how to re-pot plants the right way.
According to experts, even the most difficult indoor plants can be successfully re-potted in as little as 15 minutes. We are providing you with an expert guide to ensure your indoor plants will thrive while showing you how to re-pot without leaving a huge mess behind.
The Needed Tools:
- A pot that is approximately 2-inches larger than the pot your plant is currently in.
- Sharp pruning shears or scissors that you can get on Amazon for $11.
- Good potting soil.
- One old sheet.
Is Your Plant Ready For A New Pot?
One of the easiest ways to determine if your plant is ready for a new pot is visually seeing roots that are coming to the surface or growing through the drainage holes on the bottom of the pot. When plants are running out of space and losing good nutrients, they will head off in other directions looking for help.
This is a sign that your plant has become root-bound and in dire need of more space. Another sign you must look out for is watering your plant and the water just rushes through the pot holes. This means the roots are taking up too much space within the pot leaving the plant without any nutrients causing many health issues that, if not addressed, causing the plant to slowly die.
Find The Perfect Spot For Re-Potting Your Plant:
If you have very little space indoors, you might want to consider using your outdoor patio or your basement for re-potting. It’s inevitable that soil will be spilled during the re-potting stage. You should come up with an old sheet to place underneath vs newspaper which will trap particles or trimmings and not deteriorate from water coming in contact with it.
Make Sure To Get The Right Pot:
The pot should be approximately 2-inches larger than the pot your plant is presently in. Do not exceed 2-inches or you will run the risk of the plant suffering from too much soil and causing the roots to become wet which will lead to root rot.
Just remember to have a pot that has hole drainage on the bottom along with a saucer. Again, a plant without good drainage will suffer from root rot and eventually die from over-watering. This is one of the most common mistakes people make about indoor plans.
Make Sure To have Fresh Potting Soil:
At this point, you need to fill the pot with soil up to one-third the height of the pot with fresh soil. Gently take your plant from its current pot by sliding it out, gently shake the plant to make sure the roots are staying intact while moving the plant.
Take your shears or scissors and cut off any dead or mushy discoloration and to trim back roots that are too long. It’s highly recommended that you clean the blades of your shears or scissors with alcohol between each clipping.
Position The Plant In The New Pot:
You must place the plant in the center of the pot, making sure the root ball is one inch below the top of the pot. The root ball is the semi-solid mass of soil and roots. Fill the pot with new soil and gently tamp down the dirt around the roots. You should leave 1 to 2-inches of room between the pot’s rim and the soil. You want to ensure you will not have water spilling over the edge.
Finally, It’s Time To Water Your Plant:
You want to give your plant a thorough watering until the water flows freely out from the bottom of the pot. Allow your plant to rest while the water drains out of the pot properly. Then place the pot on its saucer. If water accumulates in the saucer, remove the saucer and let your plant rest for a few more minutes to ensure the pot has adequately drained.