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Repotting Indoor Plants - A Step-by-Step Checklist for Beginners
Proper repotting of indoor plants requires extra care. Learn more…
Repotting is a delicate process of changing soil or potting mix of your indoor plants.
You may need a new pot as well if roots grow fast and do not fit into old pot anymore.
Early spring to summer is ideal time for repotting indoor plants and boost healthy growth in its growing season.
First, select right size of pot. Its base must have room for root growth and small holes for water drainage.
You already know which potting soil works best for your plant type. Purchase that for repotting indoor plant.
A few hours before repotting, water plant and soil in old pot. This helps to uproot plant without causing any injury to it.
Knead potting mix for indoor plant with water. Pour a handful of it in new pot. Keep some space at the base for roots to spread out.
Remove the plant from old pot with tender care. Slant the pot and tap it gently to loosen up soil and roots.
Inspect plant roots. Trim out tangled, dead, diseased, or damaged parts of roots with a clean pair of scissors / pruners.
Set plant straight at the centre of new pot. Cover up its roots and unexposed portion of stem with new soil mix.
Fill more soil around plant to secure it. Keep an inch of gap in between soil surface and rim of pot for watering.
At the end, pat soil lightly to remove air pockets and start watering indoor plant until water drains out from the bottom.
Keep indoor plants away from bright light for a few days. Let it recover from the stress of repotting.
No need to add fertilizer / compost for now as the new potting mix will supply fresh dose of plant nutrients.
Repotting indoor plants once in a year will keep them happy and vibrant.
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