All Posts   Posted:   March 30, 2018 by Brianna Kindell

Spring is settling in here in the Pacific Northwest and it is our favorite season! Not only because of the flowers and sunshine, but because it’s time to get our hands dirty with our house plants! Repotting doesn’t just mean changing out pots, but rather, refreshing the potting soil. Soil contains the nutrients your plant needs to thrive but eventually the nutrients get used up. This is why it is so important to repot your plants with brand new soil every year. We are going to answer some initial repotting questions you may have and then we will walk you step by step through the entire repotting process!

How do you know when it’s time to repot?

  • You can see roots growing through the drainage holes (akin to a toddler’s pants not fitting him anymore) it’s time to size up!
  • Roots are pushing the pot up and out of the planter
  • Your plant is top heavy
  • Your plant’s soil dries out extremely quickly
  • Your plant is growing much slower than usual
  • You can see salt and mineral buildup on the top of the plant or planter

When is the best time to repot your plant?

Early spring- just before the start of the growth season.

How often should I repot my plants?

Most plants need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months.

How big should my pot be?

Keep your new container size no more than 2 or 3” larger in diameter than the container you are changing from.

Hopefully that covered all your questions. If not, reach out to us!  Now, here’s how to repot!

You will need the following:

  • Your houseplant!
  • A newspaper or drop cloth to keep your space clean
  • Fresh indoor potting mix we recommend Gardener’s Gold Potting Soil
  • A slow release fertilizer- we recommend G&B Organic All-purpose food or Osmocote
  • Small trowel or shovel for scooping soil
  • A watering can and a spray bottle
  • Gloves (keeps dirt from getting under your nails)
  • Scissors
  • A new container of your choice!  We have a great selection in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials.

*Make sure your new container has drainage holes! Without them, water will sit stagnant at the bottom of you pot and can cause root rot, which is detrimental to your houseplant’s health!

Repotting Step by Step Instructions

NOTE: Two days before repotting, make sure to water your plant thoroughly.

  1. Turn your plant sideways, hold it gently by the stems, and tap the bottom of the container until the plant slides out. Use the base of the stems to gently tug if it doesn’t easily pop out.
  2. Once your plant is out of it’s container, use your fingers to loosen the roots and prune any dead stems/leaves. If your plant is root bound, meaning the roots are growing in a tight circle around the base of the plant, unbind them as carefully and gently as you can. Try not to damage buds or stems of the plant while working with it.
  3. Most of the old soil will fall away during the previous step, but you want to make sure you’re removing 1/3 of the old soil to make room for the new, fresh potting mix.
  4. Pour a layer of fresh, pre-moistened mix into the planter filling it ¼ of the way up.
  5. Add your slow-release fertilizer and blend it well with the soil.
  6. Set your plant on top of the fresh layer of mix in the container, making sure it’s centered and at the proper level.
  7. Add fresh potting mix around the plant until it is nice and snug in it’s new home! I mean, pot! Make sure to leave some room, you don’t want the soil to go all the way up to the top of the pot, it makes watering in the future a mess (trust us).
  8. Water and let it drain.
  9. Admire your houseplant’s upgraded home!

We hope these instructions will help guide you through the repotting process! Visit one of our Garden centers to see our newest selection of indoor pots to freshen up your home décor and give your current houseplants an upgrade!

Spring is settling in here in the Pacific Northwest and it is our favorite season! Not only because of the flowers and sunshine, but because it’s time to get our hands dirty with our house plants! Repotting doesn’t just mean changing out pots, but rather, refreshing the potting soil. Soil contains the nutrients your plant needs to thrive but eventually the nutrients get used up. This is why it is so important to repot your plants with brand new soil every year. We are going to answer some initial repotting questions you may have and then we will walk you step by step through the entire repotting process!

How do you know when it’s time to repot?

  • You can see roots growing through the drainage holes (akin to a toddler’s pants not fitting him anymore) it’s time to size up!
  • Roots are pushing the pot up and out of the planter
  • Your plant is top heavy
  • Your plant’s soil dries out extremely quickly
  • Your plant is growing much slower than usual
  • You can see salt and mineral buildup on the top of the plant or planter

When is the best time to repot your plant?

Early spring- just before the start of the growth season.

How often should I repot my plants?

Most plants need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months.

How big should my pot be?

Keep your new container size no more than 2 or 3” larger in diameter than the container you are changing from.

Hopefully that covered all your questions. If not, reach out to us!  Now, here’s how to repot!

You will need the following:

  • Your houseplant!
  • A newspaper or drop cloth to keep your space clean
  • Fresh indoor potting mix we recommend Gardener’s Gold Potting Soil
  • A slow release fertilizer- we recommend G&B Organic All-purpose food or Osmocote
  • Small trowel or shovel for scooping soil
  • A watering can and a spray bottle
  • Gloves (keeps dirt from getting under your nails)
  • Scissors
  • A new container of your choice!  We have a great selection in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials.

*Make sure your new container has drainage holes! Without them, water will sit stagnant at the bottom of you pot and can cause root rot, which is detrimental to your houseplant’s health!

Repotting Step by Step Instructions

NOTE: Two days before repotting, make sure to water your plant thoroughly.

  1. Turn your plant sideways, hold it gently by the stems, and tap the bottom of the container until the plant slides out. Use the base of the stems to gently tug if it doesn’t easily pop out.
  2. Once your plant is out of it’s container, use your fingers to loosen the roots and prune any dead stems/leaves. If your plant is root bound, meaning the roots are growing in a tight circle around the base of the plant, unbind them as carefully and gently as you can. Try not to damage buds or stems of the plant while working with it.
  3. Most of the old soil will fall away during the previous step, but you want to make sure you’re removing 1/3 of the old soil to make room for the new, fresh potting mix.
  4. Pour a layer of fresh, pre-moistened mix into the planter filling it ¼ of the way up.
  5. Add your slow-release fertilizer and blend it well with the soil.
  6. Set your plant on top of the fresh layer of mix in the container, making sure it’s centered and at the proper level.
  7. Add fresh potting mix around the plant until it is nice and snug in it’s new home! I mean, pot! Make sure to leave some room, you don’t want the soil to go all the way up to the top of the pot, it makes watering in the future a mess (trust us).
  8. Water and let it drain.
  9. Admire your houseplant’s upgraded home!

We hope these instructions will help guide you through the repotting process! Visit one of our Garden centers to see our newest selection of indoor pots to freshen up your home décor and give your current houseplants an upgrade!