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Tutorial: Repotting Indoor Plants

Have your houseplants outgrown their homes?  Give them room to stretch their roots in a new pot.  Here’s how.

Remove rootbound plant from old pot.

Remove rootbound plant from old pot

Check out those roots! Definitely time to repot.

Remove root-bound plant from old pot

Loosen the roots of the plant.

Loosen roots

It’s usually best to select a pot that’s one size up from the original. In this case, we probably went two steps up. However, the plant will most likely do fine in a bigger pot.

Select a new, larger container

Add soil to the new pot.

Add soil to the new pot

You want to add enough soil so that when you add the plant, the top of the soil line will be an inch or two below the edge of the pot.

Create a base layer of soil

Place the plant in the center of the pot.

Place the plant in the pot

Make sure the plant is centered nicely in the pot and that the final soil line will be within an inch or two of the edge of the pot.

Adjust the plant

Fill in the area around the plant with soil.

Fill with soil

It’s important to settle the soil to eliminate any large air pockets. These can hinder the plants ability to uptake water and nutrients. You can either tap the pot firmly on the table or press lightly on the top of the soil.

Settle the soil

And, that’s all there is to it!  Pretty easy, huh?  The new plant may look a little scrawny in its bigger pot, but in a few weeks it will start filling in and looking really nice. If the plant is top heavy, you may need to stake it with bamboo until the roots become more established in the new pot.

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