Don’t worry, repotting your houseplants isn’t as daunting as you might think. We’ll go through the process step by step with all the tools and tips you’ll need to safely transport your plant into a bigger home.
The first thing to do is check for visual signs that your houseplant has outgrown its current home. The most common sign is looking at the bottom of the nursery pot to see if there's any large roots trying to push their way out.
A few little roots is no cause for repotting but about 5-10 large roots is a good sign that it’s time for a repot. The plant above does not need repotting.
It’s good to note that typically houseplants are repotted once every 1-2 years. Avoid repotting your plant in the winter months when your plant is more likely to be in dormancy. A disruption to your plant during its rest period will cause a lot of avoidable stress. The best time to repot your plant is the beginning of Spring (March/April) or at the end of growth season which is around September or October.
Myth buster: repotting your plant too often will not help your plant to grow bigger, it will cause stress and even death. It’s only advised to repot your plant once every 1-2 years.
Get a nursery pot that is between 1-2cm bigger than the current nursery pot. Make sure every pot has drainage holes. This is very important to allow the excess water to drip out when you water. If the water sits at the bottom of the pots it will rot the roots.
Gently remove the plant from this original pot by holding onto the base of the plant and gently squeezing the side of the nursery pot pot until it pulls away from the plant.
Loosen the soil to get rid of any old soil that doesn’t have nutrients anymore.
Place a thin layer of soil at the bottom of the nursery pot. We use 60% peat free soil and 40% perlite and orchid bark. This percentage can be altered depending on the houseplant but overall this is a general rule.
Place your plant into its new pot and slowly fill in the gaps with fresh potting mix.
We recommend patting in the soil firmly so the plant feels secure. Allow for a little wiggle room so oxygen can circulate the soil and the root system doesn't suffocate.
That’s it! You’re now a pro at repotting plants. You may wish to give your plant a little drink if the soil feels dry or it has been some time since you watered last. We recommend placing your plant back in its original home and it should be left alone for a week or so so it can adjust to its new soil.