There are instances when plants would become too big for their pots and there are also times when they would start looking droopy and tired, probably from not getting enough nutrients that they need to keep growing.
One way to solve this is by repotting. This process promotes continuous growth in plants as it gives them more space for their roots to have better access to more nutrients.
Aside from looking droopy or tired, other telltale signs that plants need repotting include roots growing out of drainage holes, water sitting on the top of the soil and not being absorbed, and dried out soil.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on repotting:
1. Remove the plant from the current pot. To do this, turn the plant sideways and hold it gently by the stems or leaves. Tap the bottom of the pot until the plant slides out.
2. Loosen the roots. Do this gently with your hands, pruning off any threadlike roots that are extra long while making sure to leave the thicker roots at the base of the plant.
If a plant is root bound, or with roots growing in tight circles around the base, simply unbind the roots before trimming them. Also make sure that its new container is around two to four inches bigger in diameter to make space for new root growth.
3. Remove old potting mix and change it with a new mix. As it grows, plants would have already removed some of the nutrients in its current mix. In repotting, it’s best to give them a fresh mix so they can absorb more of its contents.
To add fresh potting soil into the new container, pour a fresh layer and then pack it down to remove any air pockets. If the new planter doesn’t have a drainage hole, layer the bottom with horticultural grit which is sand-like in texture to create spaces for the extra water to pool into, away from the plant’s roots.
4. Carefully repot the plant. Set the plant on top of the fresh layer mix in its new container. Align it at the center before adding potting mix around it until it’s secure. Be sure not to pack too much soil into the planter to help the roots breathe.
5. Water and watch it grow.
Even if it’s in a new container, remember to water the plant well and according to its requirements. Over some time, the plant will then grow and thrive in its roomier container.