Repotting your plants is important for it’s growth and for it’s health.
As the plants get older it’s important to give them enough space to grow. It stimulates the plants growth and gives the roots more area to spread, thereby giving you healthier plants.
The soil also contains a lot of nutrients, but only for a couple of moths. Fresh and new soil is therefore an important need to keep your plants glowing and fresh. It’s the smartest to repot your plants in the spring time, as the repotting can cause the plants some stress. In the spring time your plants are in their natural growing process and will therefore be more ready to withstand the stress. By repotting your plants you also prevent extra root rot. Try to repot your plants every 12 to 18 months.
mistakes to avoid:
Cutting roots: The cutting of the roots will limit the potential growth of your plant. It’s therefore important to try to contain as much of the roots as possible. Rather cut the plastic pot away to make it easier.
Breakage of roots: Breakage of roots will provide extra stress and damage to the plants, and it will have consequences for the foliage, growth and health of your plant. The roots are the plants nerve system!
Squeezing the root system: This will make the plant feel uncomfortable and it will not promote any growth for your plant. Make sure the roots have enough space in the pot by giving it at least 20% more room.
Fertilising too soon: Make sure the plants have adapted to the new pot before you fertilise to make the plant happier. It will feel to much stress if you fertilize too early, as the transfer was enough stress on them already.
How to know it’s time to repot:
So now that we know it’s great to repot your plants once in a while, as well as how to repot it. However it’s very difficult to remember exactly what you did to all of your plants months ago. Here are some signs you should look out for to check if you should be repotting your plants:
1. Roots are growing through the bottom and are rootbound.
2. The plant is a little top heavy and will fall over easily.
3. Soil dries out too quickly and water runs out instead of being absorbed.
4. Plant growth is not going as expected.
5. Plant is starting to yellow and is not looking happy.
6. Plant is loosing a lot of leaves, and it’s looking a bit too crowded in the pot.
HOW TO REPOT
1. Water the plant a day or two before repotting : This will help avoid transplant shoch, aswell as keeping your plants roots together. In addition it also keeps the plant happy and this will smooth the transition.
2. Remove the plant from old pot: Gently remove the plant from it’s old pot. Lean the pot on something steardy, and support the main stems of the plants with your hands. If it’s necassary to cut the old pot it sits in, then do so. It’s all about the plant now!
3. Prune the unhealthy roots: Using your hands, gently untackle the rootsystem to make sure they all hang nicely and separeted from eachother. Prune off old rotten roots or damaged roots. This will make your plant healthier. If you are looking to keep the plant in the same pot and or similair size as it is, cut of half of it’s roots.
4. Clean and add soil: Use a clean planter, and add the fresh new soil. Make sure to keep some of the plants old soil as it causes less stress on them.
5. Place your plant in the new pot: Place your friend in the new pot, centering the stem in the middle of the pot. Add fresh soil around it until it’s steardy enough to sit on its own.
6. Don’t give plant extra stress: Once settled, give it some fresh water, but let it get comfortable on it’s own first. Watch your plant get healthier, happier and bigger than before!