Monday, April 11, 2011

Repotting houseplants

Do you have houseplants that are in old soil exhausted of nutrients? or maybe they have roots coming out the bottom? Well, it may be time to repot those plants and give them a little room to grow. :) I know I had some plants that were in need, so that what we did this weekend--repotted some of our houseplants. Spring is the perfect time to repot your plants--right before their summer burst of growth.

Now, a word of caution: if it isn't broken, don't fix it! If your plants are fine, there is no reason to repot them and it may actually hurt them to do so. For me, I was repotting because one of my plant's pot was growing mold and stank--not cool. The other pot was disintegrating. In both cases, since it was the pot that was the problem, I put them in a same-sized pot. If you have roots coming out the bottom of your pot, then you'll want to put your plant in a slightly larger pot, but too large of a pot will result in the plant focusing its growth on the roots rather than the foilage.

So, let's get to business.
Gather your supplies:
plants to repotted
new pot
potting soil
root-start solution (if desired. just follow instructions on the container.)

(plastic Easter eggs and cute little girl optional!)

 Loosen the plant from it's old pot.

 Put in new pot.

Same thing with this one. 

Proper drainage is important for your houseplants. Here, I had some rocks that I put at the bottom. I've also used plastic yogurt containers.... Most of my houseplants have only soil in the pots and they do just fine though, so I don't know how important this step is. After your drainage media, then add a few inches of new potting soil and then add your plant.  

Next, I like to add lots of water and new potting soil, pressing down firmly around the base of your plants.

Voila. Check that one off my Spring "to-do" list.


1 comment:

  1. My husband and I did this a week ago, and the difference I can see in our plants from just a week of being in happier soil is amazing.


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