How to Repot a Houseplant in Eight Steps

The time has finally come where you have determined that your houseplant needs an overhaul by repotting it. Often, repotting can sound difficult however you have come to the right place! At Happy Houseplants, we want to give you some simple steps and tips to ensure repotting is easy and you are setting up your plant for success.

When deciding to repot your plant, it is important to know when and why you should repot your houseplants. Typically, plants will want to be re-potted every 12 to 18 months however, Spring tends to be most preferable. There can be a variety of reasons for repotting a houseplant. The biggest reason for repotting your indoor plant is to increase its growing and root space. Houseplants can outgrow their containers which causes crowding of the roots. This is bad because without enough space for the roots, your beautiful houseplants can sadly experience stunted growth, or possibly die.

Soil often is infiltrated with pests, mould and other contaminants that will affect the health of your plant. Repotting your amazing houseplant arises an opportunity to replace poor soil with new soil which will help provide your plant with the right nutrients. Additionally, you may want to repot your indoor plant to change the look with a new pot. Removing outdated pots with new stylish ones can transform the room they are located in. We have plenty of amazing pots at Happy Houseplants HERE available for UK delivery.

Steps to Repot a Houseplant with Pictures

1. Water your plant. It is best to water your plant around 24 hours before repotting. Lightly watering your plant will help the roots and soil be extracted out of the existing pot more easily.

2. Remove plant from existing pot. Gently turn the plant on its side and with one hand, support the stem whilst the other hand gently pulls the existing pot away. Tip – if you are struggling to remove your houseplant from your existing pot, do not pull the stem but rather tap the pot gently.

3. Loosen and prune your roots. Once the plant has been removed, inspect the indoor plants soil and roots. If the soil is healthy, do not disturb it. If not, gently loosen the houseplants roots with your hands and be sure to trim any extralong roots but, leave the thicker roots at the base. Tip – if your roots are tightly coiled, use your fingers or a knife to unbind the roots to the best you can and trim them.

4. Choose a new pot. Pick a new plant pot from our amazing collection here. Ensure your plant pot is clean and 1.5 to 2 inches larger than the previous pot.

5. Insert new potting mix. In your new pot, pour a fresh layer of potting soil and pat it down to remove any air pockets. If your soil drains well and/or has a drainage hole, it is unnecessary to add gravel or rocks at the base prior to adding the fresh potting soil. The reason for this is you want to create a space for excess water to pool away from the houseplant roots.

6. Insert and position plant. Place your plant inside the new planter on top of the fresh layer of soil that was just added. Look around the plant and ensure it is sitting up straight and is centred, then add more potting mix around the plant in layers until it is secure. Tip – do not put too much soil or bury it deeper than it was before as you want the roots to breathe.

7. Water. Distribute the soil evenly and water well until the water runs to the bottom. Tip – make sure that the fresh soils is getting evenly moist while the excess water runs to the bottom. Additionally, a repotted plant will not need to be fed fertiliser.

8. Trim plant. Inspect your houseplant and trim any dead leaves or broken stems. If needed, lightly prune your plant but not too much! This is because you want to encourage branching.

You have successfully repotted your houseplant in its beautiful new plant pot, congratulations!

To read more about guidance, advice or houseplant ideas for your home, have a look at our blog page here.

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