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A Beginner's Guide to Repotting Indoor Plants

Repotting indoor plants is simple and easy to do! Follow these quick steps to make sure you've got everything covered and keep your plants happy and healthy!

A Beginner's Guide to Repotting Indoor Plants

Are your containers too small for your plants? Too many plants growing close together? Wanting a new pot? People repot their plants for all sorts of different reasons. It's not a complicated process. Whether you're new to indoor plant repotting, or more experienced, these easy steps will help keep the whole process stress free! The most important thing is to do this all in one go - your plants don't want to be out of their pots for too long. Happy healthy plants? Yes please!

Step 1: Water your plant the day before

When it comes to repotting indoor plants, you want to work with soil that is damp. If the soil's too wet or too dry, the process is harder than it needs to be. Forgot to water in advance? If you're low on time, water your plants and then let them stand for 2-3 hours.

Step 2: Gather your supplies

The first step is to gather your supplies. You need a new container, fresh soil, and something to catch the mess. A tarp or newspaper are both great options, but feel free to use what you have on hand. You can do the whole process by hand or use a scoop of some sort. So either grab your gloves or your soil scoop of choice!

Step 3: Remove your plants

This step is the most nerve-wracking! Hold your plant and gently tip the container onto its side. Now you want to loosen the plant. Gently shake the container. If your plant doesn't come free, you may need to use a small spade (or even a butter knife) to loosen the plant. Remember to take care not to damage those roots! Once the plant is out, you can split it (if you need to) and loosen the roots. Congratulations! You've just finished the most stressful part of potting indoor plants!

Step 4: Prepare your pot

Once your plant is free, you can begin preparing your pot (or pots) Replace at least a third of your soil with new potting soil. Your plant needs some fresh soil that's full of nutrients. If you're preparing a new container, then remember to think about drainage. A pot liner helps with drainage, but you can use whatever you have on hand - small stones, gravel, or even broken ceramics are all great options.

Step 5: Get planting!

Once your pots are prepared it's time to get your plants back in. Start by making a hole for the plant, its roots should fit comfortably into the hole. Now, fill in around your plant with potting soil and press gently to compact the soil slightly. Water your plant well to get everything to settle back into place! If you're using mulch or some decorative stones in your pot, you'll want to add them after you've given a good, deep watering.

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