Repotting is an important aspect of taking care of your houseplants that must be done at a certain stage of the plants lives whether early on when you buy your plants or when the plants need such type of care. In this guiding article, we will show you when to repot your plant, what type of pot you may use, what is the mix of your soil, how to repot your plant, and finally whether to water it or not after repotting.
Checking if the Plant Needs Repoting
Probably the first and main reason you may consider to repot your plant is that its pot is neither fitting its growing size nor its roots’. First of all, you need to assess your plant’s roots to be certain that it is the time to change the pot. You will need to remove your plant slowly out of the pot. After that, you need to check how dense your roots have become. If you see much of small roots around the outside of the soil besides some of much smaller (or baby roots), then it is probably time to change your pot.
It is recommended to avoid repotting the houseplants when you first buy them in small pots. Let them get accustomed to your house first. You may leave them for about a couple of weeks and monitor their growth before repotting. Also, it is generally recommended to avoid repotting in winter.
Choosing the Pot
Now comes the time to talk a bit about your next pot. One of the many kinds of pots that you may use is a terracotta pot. Other ceramics and plastic pots can also be used instead of the terracotta. You can use a pot size in which you will be able to leave about an inch between the top of it and your newly placed plant. From the bottom side, you can consider leaving around 1.5-2 inches. And finally, you may acquire a pot which is around 1 inch larger in diameter from the older pot from the top. Also, when choosing your pot, make sure to choose one with drainage holes.
Selecting the Soil Mixture
Regarding the soil mixture, you can create a mix of organic plain soil and organic perlite one. This mixture makes the soil airier. It helps in avoiding overwatering your plant. So, it helps mostly with the houseplants that you might be afraid of overwatering them. You can mix two parts of plain soil to one part of perlite soil.
Repotting the Plant
First of all, fill the 1.5-2 inches of the new pot bottom with your mix before putting your plant to give the roots more space for spreading. After removing your plant from its old pot, try with your fingers to spread the roots (that are already packed with their old soil) outwards so that it can gain the comfortability in expanding in the new pot. Afterwards, place your plant in the new pot and start adding the mixed soil around your plant. While doing so, pack and push moderately the newly added soil downwards as it would be still very loose compared to the old centred soil. This last step is highly needed in order to avoid any soil subsidence around the old soil and roots especially when watering the plant. Finally, it is required to leave a free space of about an inch between the top of the soil and the top of the pot to avoid the dripping out of the water from the pot when watering.
Watering the Plant
Whether to water your plant just after repotting or not is dependent on the type of houseplant itself. The cacti and succulent plants, for example, need a few days before watering for the first time so that they can settle well. The Black Pagoda is an example of the plants types that can be watered right after repotting. So, you need to make sure what is your plant preference before doing this last step.
To help you remember when to water your plants, you can use GreenHub Application to set a reminder of watering for every plant you have in addition to the ability to share your pictures of your plants flourishing and blooming. The app is currently available for IOS devices and soon on Google Play.