How To Repot A Houseplant

Do you need to repot your houseplant? This is a good question and the answer is yes you do if your houseplant has outgrown the pot it is currently in. Make sure that you check the growth of your plants and when they are becoming overcrowded in the pot they are currently in it is time to upgrade them to a larger home. Plants need plenty of room to grow and keeping your plant in a too small pot will be detrimental to your houseplants health and vitality. You want healthy and hearty house plants in your home and keeping them in the correct size pot is the key. There are some tried and true ways to repot a houseplant. We are going to explore how to replant your houseplant properly to ensure a safe transition to its new pot. First you will need a larger pot than the one your plant is currently housed in. To ensure the proper size the new pot will need to two to four inches wider in diameter than the current pot that your plant is currently located in. Make sure the pot you are going to use has plenty of drainage holes or you can use a clay pot. With a clay pot you should take pieces of another broken clay pot and place them in the bottom of the pot. This will keep it draining properly You do not want to put the compost directly over the one hole in a clay pot as it could clog the one hole and hurt your plants health. The next step is to use a small amount of fungus in the bottom of the pot. When your plants roots reach the fungus it will help the plant to absorb the water and nutrients needed to ensure a healthy long lasting plant. You will then need to remove your plant from its current pot. You should tap the rim lightly to loosen the soil and remove the plant. Make sure that you remove the plant carefully as you want the bulb and roots to remain intact to the plant. Take your new container and put your houseplant into the new pot. Now it is time to start filling the pot with compost. Do this carefully while holding your plant in an upright position. Carefully distribute your compost around the roots of your plant tapping the compost in to ensure that you do not have any air pockets in the soil although you do not want to press to aggressively or this will prevent the proper drainage needed for your houseplant. Do not overfill your new pot but only put compost to the rim or an inch down from the rim of the new container. The next step is to water your houseplant thoroughly and make sure you let it drain before you put the new pot onto its saucer. This will keep your plant healthy and happy during the process of moving to its new home.

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