5 Things to Remember When Re Potting Plants


The time has come for you to repot your plants. You know that if you don’t do it, they’ll continue to get root bound and eventually die. But where do you start? What kind of pot do you use? What soil do you need? How much water should I give my plant after re-potting? How long should I wait until watering again? Well, we’ve got answers to all of those questions in one handy list!

Pick a plant that looks like it needs re-potting.

Now that you understand the basics of repotting, it’s time to make a selection. The first thing to consider is whether or not you have a plant that needs repotting. If your plant is root bound, has its roots out of the pot or is otherwise in poor health, then chances are good that it will benefit from being put into a new pot. You’ll also want to look for signs that the plant may be growing too large for its current container; any plants which do this should definitely be moved into larger pots as soon as possible so they don’t get stunted by lack of space! And finally, if your plant doesn’t seem to be putting forth many new leaves or growths but still looks healthy overall (ie: green leaves aren’t yellowing), then simply watering can sometimes help boost their energy levels enough so they start growing again on their own.

  • Note: If at any point during these steps something seems off with one once healthy-looking plant suddenly turning wilted with yellowing leaves while another seems vibrant despite being planted in an identical environment with similar soil conditions then check out these tips before continuing further…

Make sure you have the right soil and pot

You’ll want to make sure you have the right soil and pot.

  • Soil should be moist, but not wet. You don’t want it to be too dry or too damp; a good rule of thumb is that if your finger can easily sink into the top of the soil, it’s moist enough. If your plant’s roots are exposed or look brown and mushy, however, it’s time for some new soil!
  • The pot should be the right size for your plant—the same goes for depth: whether planting in a hanging basket or one on the ground, make sure its rootball sits just below where its branches begin (that way there will be room for growth). A drainage hole is important if you’re going with an indoor planter; this keeps excess water from collecting at bottom of container and drowning roots out of sight

Make sure your plant has a drainage hole.

The reason why you want to make sure your plant has a drainage hole is because it allows excess water to escape. If you don’t have one, the soil will get saturated and begin to rot.

To check if your plant has a drainage hole:

Look for holes in the bottom of the pot, or look for indentations that might indicate where one was placed but is now gone (these are called “pot feet”). Many succulents come with extra plastic pots that contain their roots so they can be planted in other containers without having them dry out while they await their new placement—this makes it easy to see if these plants have this feature!

If your plant doesn’t have one, consider making one yourself using an awl or small drill bit along with some sandpaper (just make sure not to damage any roots).

Make sure you water your new plant well.

This is a good time to say that watering your plants is important. It’s a form of pruning, fertilizing and pest control (and prevention and eradication).

Why? Well you may think that by repotting into a new container you’re removing everything from the old pot and therefore it doesn’t need watering anymore. But really what you are doing is moving the plant from one place to another and leaving behind most of its dirt as well as some nutrients like nitrogen which can be harmful if left in contact with roots for too long. So when you water after repotting make sure that the soil is wet all around but not sopping wet or else it will cause root rot to set in much faster than normal!

Make sure you put your re potted plant in the right spot to thrive.

  • Make sure you put your re potted plant in the right spot to thrive.
  • Consider light, temperature and humidity when choosing a new location for your plant.
  • If you’re not sure which spot would be best for your pet, ask an expert!

Re potting your plants can be tricky if you don’t do it right!

The first thing you need to do when re potting a plant is make sure you have the right soil and pot. Some plants prefer soil that has more nutrients than others, so it’s best to find out if your plant needs something like this.

Secondly, make sure that your plant has a drainage hole in its pot so that water can escape easily when it rains or if you accidentally over water the plant.

Thirdly, after re potting make sure you water your new plant well before putting it in an area where it can thrive!


There are so many different plants that need re-potting, but hopefully these tips will help you with your next potting project!

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