At some point in the life of your office or indoor plant, repotting becomes a necessity. Indoor plants should be moved into larger containers as they grow as to ensure that there is enough space for the plant’s roots to expand and to prevent the plant from becoming “pot-bound” – the cramping of plant roots from becoming cramped and forming a tightly packed mess that will inhibit growth.
How Do You Know If a Plant Needs Repotting?
The most obvious sign that your plant needs a bigger and better home is when roots become visible on the surface of the soil or start to emerge from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. If the plant’s growth seems to have been stunted, it has likely become pot-bound. The roots may also become coiled in the bottom of the pot – another sign that your plant needs a new home.
If your plant was just purchased, let it adjust to its new environment for a few weeks before uprooting it into a new pot. Plants tend to freak out a little until they get used to the new humidity, light, and temperature conditions of your home or office. Young, rapidly growing indoor plants should be moved into slightly larger pots with fresh potting soil, while larger or slow-growing plants should be moved every two years. It is typically a best practice to repot at the beginning of an active growth period such as springtime or early fall for winter-blooming plants.
The Repotting Process
- First, the plant must be removed from its original pot. Turn it gently on its side an slowly ease the plant from the pot. If the plant is a little stubborn, you may have to tap on the bottom of the plant to loosen it from the container. You may also slide a trowel or knife around the edges of the pot, but be careful not to damage the root ball.
- If the roots are coiled around the bottom, use your fingers to pull them straight and prune them before repotting. Pruning helps to stimulate new growth and will help the plant establish in its new container.
- Fill the new container partially with potting mix. After centering the plant in the new container, fill the sides of the plant with additional solid. Tap it down slightly with your fingers, taking particular care around the sides of the pot.
- Water the plant thoroughly to wet the roots and to settle the potting soil.
For more help with maintaining your indoor plants, contact Plantz at 866-752-6899.
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