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Repotting Tips 🌱

Tip 1Repotting doesn’t always mean changing the pot to a bigger size. Sometimes it’s enough to change the soil or potting mix to a fresh one. Fresh soil means fresh nutrients. If a larger pot is needed, usually 1-2 sizes up are enough. If the pot is too big, the roots won’t be able to absorb the water, resulting in a higher risk to root rot. 

Tip 2 – Signs that indicate repotting in a larger pot is needed:

  • The roots are growing through the drainage holes
  • The roots are pushing the plant up and out of the pot
  • The plant stops growing/grows slower than usual
  • The plant becomes wonky and falls over easily 
  • The plant dries out faster than usual (meaning there’s more roots in the pot than soil)
  • Noticeable salt and mineral build-up on the plant and/or pot
  • It’s been years since you repotted it 

Tip 3 – Be gentle. Remove the plant from the pot, by holding the pot sideways, loosen the roots gently, remove the old soil mix while trying not to disturb the roots too much. Add a layer of leca (keramzīts) in the bottom of the pot for extra drainage, add a layer of soil, pack it down to remove any air pockets. Make sure the plant is cantered in the pot, place it in, add soil until it’s secured. Finish off by watering the plant. 

Tip 4 – Supplies needed:

  1. New pot
  2. Potting mix
  3. Leca
  4. Scissors
  5. Gloves
  6. Mini shovel
  7. Watering can

Tip 5 – Don’t repot immediately after bringing a plant home – it’s tempting, we know. A change of environment is stressful for the plant, especially if shipping is involved. Give your plant some time to adjust to the new home before repotting it, usually 2-4 weeks are recommended.

You can do it!

 

Written by @augiem_buut