A How-To Guide on Re-potting Your Indoor Plants

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Nursery supplies provide an excellent decorative solution for your home, as living plants have the proclivity to make a space seem more homely. Nonetheless, some people tend to be under the false assumption that once they have their potted plants, all they would have to do is keep them watered. In truth, although not all houseplants may need re-potting, some do require it as they grow. Some of the signs that would indicate you need to re-pot your houseplants include roots peeking out of the soil, improper drainage after watering and, in severe cases, the plant may tip the pot! Here is a how-to guide on re-potting your houseplants.

Step 1

A couple of days before embarking on the re-potting process, ensure that you water the plant thoroughly. For successful re-potting, the plant needs to be optimally hydrated. This hydration minimises the risk of your plant suffering from shock once it is relocated to its new pot.

Step 2

The second step in your re-potting process would be to prep the area that you will be using during re-potting. Moving plants to another home can be filthy, whether the plants are small or large. Therefore, it would be in your best interests to lay down some tarp or newspapers so that it is easier for you to clean once you are done. Take note that if you plan to re-pot your plants during winter, you would be best advised to do it indoors. The cold temperature could end up putting the plant into shock, and the plant will die after being re-potted, which would be a waste of your efforts.

Step 3

The difficulty level of taking out plants to re-pot them largely depends on the size of the plant and the extent of its root network. Smaller plants tend to be much easier to re-pot as you can gently pull them out of their current home and place them in the new pot. Larger houseplants may require you to use a butter knife to loosen soil that has become compacted. Secondly, you could also try to place the pot horizontally to facilitate a smooth transition out of the old pot.

Step 4

The final step in re-potting, before you place the plants inside the new pot, is to layer the new home. Some individuals make the mistake of merely putting soil in the fresh pot and putting the plant inside. This arrangement increases the chances of the soil compacting, which leads to overwatering. The better approach is to place a layer of soil and then a layer of pebbles that would help with drainage. You can then put the plant and a top layer of soil to hold it in place. 

For more information, contact a nursery supplies business.