Repotting Plants – Best Practices

Repotting Plants – Long-lived plants should be repotted on a regular basis. We show you what to think about and how to properly re-pot.

Why should I Re-pot my Plants

Particularly plants with a longer lifespan require periodic repotting to provide an adequate supply of nutrients and good growth. The green plants’ development and vitality are aided by a new substrate and a larger container. The new container’s size should be determined by how frequently it is replanted.

If the plant is given a new container each year, a few millimeters of extra space is all that is required. While waiting up to three years between repottings, the new container should have a 5 to 10 centimeter bigger diameter.

How often should I re-pot my Plants

The frequency with which you should repot your plants is determined by the species you are working with, as is the type of substrate you are using. The root ball will let you know when it’s time to re-pot. Changing the substrate and moving the plant to a larger pot is necessary once the root ball is fully established. Repotting can generally be done at any time of year.

Repotting before winter, on the other hand, is a waste of time. The growing conditions are adverse, and the plant will have a tough time establishing new roots and penetrating the new substrate unless the temperature and light conditions are improved. The best time to repot is when the plant begins to grow naturally again in early spring, which is when you should do the necessary repotting.

Plant Re-Potting Instructions

Right Time for Re-potting

The root ball can tell you if it’s time to repot your prized plants. For plants with deep roots and little substrate left, it may be necessary to replace the pot and start afresh with a new substrate.

Loosening the Root Ball

It’s a good idea to loosen as well as tear open the root ball before transplanting the plant to its new home. Air will be able to reach the roots, which will encourage the growth of new roots and branching.

Filling Fresh Substrate

Filling in around the plant to be replanted with the fresh substrate in the slightly bigger new container. The filled-up edge portion of the pot, which is still a bit slack, is now lightly squeezed. When it comes to the substrate, choose a high-quality organic soil free of peat that suits your plants’ particular needs. Sustainable and CO2-reduced organic soils for different plants are available online or in gardening stores.

Watering after Repotting

Watering is still required even before the old plant can be placed back in its original location in the new pot. With too little and too much, it’s crucial to strike a good balance. If you don’t water enough, the old root ball will dry out. After that, remoistening it is a hassle. Root fungus swiftly destroys plants that receive too much water.