If you have those beautiful plants in your home and garden, you know they require good care and timely environmental adjustments to suit their growth. Repotting plants is a crucial step to ensure that your plants are healthy. But do your plants need repotting? What does repotting mean?
This blog explains when to repot your plant and how to do it so you don’t kill them.
What Is Repotting?
Repotting means changing the plant’s environment. It involves changing the planter or changing the potting mix. Actively growing plants need frequent repotting. Usually, you must repot your plants every 12 to 18 months.
When Should You Repot Your Plants?
If you do not know when you should repot your plants, check out if any of the following situations fit in.
- Your plant has overgrown the planter.
- Roots are coming out of the planter.
- It has been a significant time since you repotted your plant, i.e., more than 8-12 months.
- The plant is growing very slowly.
- The plant is top-heavy and might topple.
- Roots are coming out of the drainage hole.
- Roots are pushing the plant out of the planter.
- The salt and mineral build-up on the soil is quite visible.
- The plant’s foliage is much larger than the plant itself.
- The potting mix is always dry.
These conditions will not miss your eye if you are an active garden person.
How To Repot Your Plant?
If you have identified that your plant needs repotting, follow the steps below.
Get The Tools Ready
You will need some basic tools for repotting, which include:
- Your plant
- New planter (if you are changing it)
- New potting mix
- If your planter does not have a drainage hole, you will need lava rocks so that water doesn’t rot the roots.
- Potting tarp (if you think you will need it)
- Watering can
Gather all these to make your repotting smooth.
Remove The Plant from Its Existing Planter
Hold the stems and turn the plant upside down. Tap the bottom of the planter, and it will slide out. Removing a plant is easy, depending on the type of planter you have. An earthen pot is challenging to lift and turn. If you face difficulty, use a fork to loosen the edges or tug the stems.
Loosen The Roots
If roots are tightly bound or overgrowing, trim them. First, use a fork to loosen the roots or gently pat the soil so it falls off the roots. Do not touch the thicker roots. Unbind as much as possible.
Change The Potting Mix
You can replace only part of the potting mix. Remove one-third or half of the old potting mix and add fresh potting mix into it. Your plant has extracted most of its nutrients and needs more.
Lay Lava Rocks
It is advised that you choose a planter with a drainage hole, but some of the new ceramic pots don’t come with one as they are more aesthetically focused. In such a case, lay lava rocks at the bottom of the planter and then pour the mixed potting mix over it.
Add Your Plant
Add your plant when your planter is two-thirds full of the planting mix. It should be centered. Once it’s settled, add more potting mix. Ensure that the soil is not too packed and there is room for roots to breathe.
Add Water and Let the Sunshine Work
Once settled, water your plant. Always water plants as per their size and growth. Sometimes, people make the mistake of planting a sapling in a large planter, watering it abundantly, and the plant eventually dies. So, water your plant accordingly. Keep it under the sun and let it grow.
Why Do Plants Die After repotting?
Many people don’t repot their plants because they fear that the plants will die. The reasons why plants die after repotting are:
- You might have damaged roots while loosening the soil. The thick roots should not be tempered as they take the required nutrients from the soil to the plant. If they tear, the plant dies.
- Repotting shock is another reason why plants die. After repotting, plants are more vulnerable, and diseases might attack them. Thus, repot your plants in spring, as it is the best time for plants, and your plant will quickly adapt to the new environment.
- Temperature plays a crucial role in a plant’s growth. Ensure that it gets enough sunlight. Too much sunlight can also kill it.
- The soil you use for repotting must be free of pests, as they can be deadly for the plant.
Plants are vulnerable after repotting and need as much care as kids. If you are into gardening, you must know that they must be loved, and their needs must be fulfilled. Repotting is one such need. This blog will help you repot your plant without any problem.