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Jan 17, 2023

Tips on How and When to Repot Your Houseplants

Houseplants can be a beautiful addition to any home, but it's important to know when they need to be repotted. Here are a few signs that it's time to give your houseplants a new home and some tips on how to do it properly: 



1. Roots growing out of the drainage holes: This is a sure sign that your plant has outgrown its current pot. When roots start to push out of the bottom, it's time to move them to a larger container.

2. Difficulty in watering: If you notice that water runs straight through the pot and out the bottom, it's a sign that the soil has become compacted and the plant needs more room to grow.

3. Slow growth: If your plant is not growing as fast as it used to or has stopped growing altogether, it could be a sign that it needs more room for its roots to expand.

4. The plant is toppling over: If your plant is leaning to one side or looks top-heavy, it may be because it has outgrown its pot and needs a larger one to support its growth.

5. Yellowing leaves: If your plant's leaves are turning yellow, it could be a sign of over-watering, which can occur when the roots have outgrown their pot and are not getting enough oxygen.

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When it's time to repot your houseplants, here's what you need to do:

1. Choose a pot that is one size larger than the current pot.

2. Fill the bottom of the new pot with fresh potting soil.

3. Carefully remove the plant from its current pot, being careful not to damage the roots.

4. Remove any old soil and prune away any damaged or dead roots.

5. Place the plant in the new pot and fill in with fresh potting soil.

6. Water the plant well and keep it in a warm location until new growth appears.

It's important to remember that repotting can be stressful for plants, so it's best to do it during their dormant period, typically in the spring before new growth appears. Also, be sure to choose the right potting soil for your specific plant and not to over-pot, as it can lead to root rot.

In summary, repotting houseplants is an important task to ensure they continue to thrive. By paying attention to signs such as roots growing out of the drainage holes, difficulty in watering, slow growth, yellowing leaves and the plant toppling over, you'll know when it's time to give your plants a new home. With the right tools and a little bit of care, repotting can be an easy and stress-free process for both you and your plants.

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