How to repot houseplants
Houseplants are becoming more and more popular to enhance the indoor space we live in. There are many different types of houseplants, but they all require similar care routines. Caring for houseplants correctly will give beautiful displays for many years. Repotting is not something that regularly needs to be done, but it is very important.
Why repot houseplants?
Ultimately, repotting houseplants will help them to flourish. This is because the compost in the pot contains nutrients, and these are absorbed by the plant, so over time the compost becomes depleted of the nutrients. Repotting will give the plant a much- needed nutrient boost.
Another reason for repotting houseplants is that at some point they will outgrow the pot they are in and become root bound. Repotting will mean that the plant has more space for root development.
When to repot houseplants?
The best time to repot a houseplant is in the spring. The regularity of repotting depends on the type of houseplant. However, these signs are key indicators for when it is time to repot:
- Small root fibres appearing through the holes in the bottom of the pot.
- The plant has stopped growing.
- The plant is looking a bit yellow in colour.
How to repot houseplants?
It is important that you water your houseplant thoroughly the day before repotting. This is because you need some moisture in the root ball to remove it from the existing pot. Carefully remove the plant out of the pot by placing your fingers around the base of the plant, close to the soil level. Turn the plant upside down and tap the rim of the pot on the edge of the worktop. The whole plant should come out of the pot. Check and remove any rotted roots and also dead leaves.
Select a pot that is 3cm to 5cm (1 to 2 inches) larger than the pot the plant is already in. Don’t repot in anything bigger as the plant will be surrounded by too much wet compost, which will eventually rot the roots. The pot should also have holes in the bottom for drainage.
Add a couple of handfuls of new compost to the new pot and level out. We recommend Westland Houseplant Potting Mix because this is a specialist blend that contains Seramis granules and perlite. The Seramis granules absorb the water and release when needed. The perlite provides optimum airflow and drainage.
Place the plant in the new pot and fill the sides with the potting mix. Firm the compost down and water the plant well.