Repotting plants correctly

2017-02-01 06:01
Choosing the right sized pot for your plants is imperative.

Choosing the right sized pot for your plants is imperative.

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CHOOSING the right sized pot for your plants is imperative – too small and the roots will outgrow the confines of the pot and it will crack, too big and more of the plant’s energy and nutrients will go towards the roots instead of the foliage.

It’s always best to start smaller and work your way up as your plant grows, going for the next sized pot and so on, bearing in mind that each transfer can be quite stressful for the plant. Just don’t opt for a much bigger pot, thinking this will save you a few steps – your plant will only end up rotting in excess water in a pot that is too big for it. This is very much a slow process.

Luckily, there is a proper way to repot your plants that won’t cause them any extra stress or make growing in their new environment difficult. Here’s how:

Water your plant a couple days before you intend to transfer it to a new, one size bigger pot.

Mix potting mix with water and fill your new pot.

When you’re ready to remove the plant from its current pot, turn it upside down while gently holding the plant’s stem. Tap the pot until the plant has some wiggle room, and gently slip it out of the soil.

Gently shake off about a third of the existing potting mix from the plant’s roots. Cut off any dead or unhealthy roots, or, using a sharp knife cut slices of soil and roots off. Shake apart the root ball so the roots hang loosely.

Place the plant in the new pot and add more potting mix around the roots until everything is well covered and secure.

Water properly and you’re done.

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