Home and Gardening
Are your plants feeling a bit cramped in their current pots? It might be time to give them a little more room to grow by repotting them. Not only will it provide them with more space, but fresh soil can also give your plants a much-needed boost in nutrients. Here’s everything you’ll need for a successful repotting!
What You'll Need
- Indoor soil mix
- Orchid Bark
- Pot with drainage
- Hand shovel
When repotting, it's important to choose an appropriate sized pot with drainage to minimize the risk of standing water, which can cause root rot and other problems down the line. Choose a pot that's around 2–4 inches wider than your old pot with enough room at the bottom for the roots to grow.
Your Gardening Tool Belt
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Research the type of plant you have and what type of soil it requires for the best results. A good basic mixture is 3 parts soil, to 1 part perlite, to one part orchid bark. Create a bed of soil in the bottom of your new pot with your mixture, and leave some aside to fill in the top and sides later.
Remove Plant From Old Pot
It's easiest to do this step in between watering periods when the soil has dried out. Try to separate the soil from the sides of the pot and work the plant out from the base, being as careful as possible not to damage any of the roots. Once it's out of its new pot, you can go ahead and position it how you like in your new pot.
Fill In and Water
Next, fill in the sides with the rest of your soil mixture. Be sure all the roots are covered with at least 2 inches of soil. Lastly, give your plant a thorough watering to settle all the soil. Now your plant can stretch its roots and grow to be even bigger and more beautiful!