Learning the Basics of Repotting


It’s again the season for potted plants. For gardeners out there, revive your plants by repotting them every year.

A plant confined in a pot can result to constrained roots. Certain plants enjoy being potted, but they still require replanting from time to time. When a plant has been on a pot for quite a long time, it may be sitting on unhealthy soil.

When to repot?

Having overgrown and congested roots mean it’s time to repot.

If your plant seems to need to be watered continually, it’s another hint that it needs to be replanted. A plant that appears to wither despite getting enough water means there’s not enough soil to contain the roots.

Just a note: if you’ve recently purchased a houseplant, check for signs of repotting. A new plant doesn’t mean it’s also newly potted.

Trimming and picking the right pot

Once you’ve uprooted the plant, washing its roots with warm water.

Trim roots with scissors, knife, or pruning saw. Do not remove too much from the roots.

Once you’ve pruned the roots, place it in a new pot that’s about two inches larger in than its old one. If your pot is too big, your plant’s roots may rot due to excessive soil moisture.

The soil

Fill the pot with potting mix, leaving enough space for watering. To avoid crown rotting, put the plant at a soil level the same as before in its previous pot. Make the soil sink in by watering the plant. Then add soil as needed.

Watering and fertilizing

Water the plant for one more time, then put it away from direct sunlight. Once the topsoil dries up, water the plant again. Only fertilize when you see growth, which may take about two to four weeks.


Get rid of withered or damaged leaves from the foliage once you’ve finished repotting.

Repotting revives not only a plant but also the positive spirit of the gardener.