The 4 Simple Steps To Repotting Your Plants
Repotting plants can be scary for many people, including myself when I first had to rehome some plants. After months and months of growing them, one wrong move can destroy their roots and bring you back to square one. Trust me when I say, the first repotting experience is stressful for everyone. And it only gets more stressful the bigger the plants gets.
But, stress doesn't mean it's impossible. With some patience and practice, you will soon be repotting plants as though it were your second nature.
In the meantime, here are some simple steps to help you along the process:
Pot choice is important
There are two reasons for repotting your plant. The first is that you simply need to change your potting mix and the second is because your plant has outgrown its home. When looking for a bigger pot, you might be mistaken into thinking that getting a pot much bigger than your plant is key.
However, you should ideally stick to a pot that is only 2cm bigger in diameter. Choosing one that is too much bigger can increase the risk of root rot and overwatering, both of which are known to be harmful to your plants.
The right soil makes all the difference
Cheaper soils don't always contain the the materials and compounds required to help your plants breath. Without the right volume of oxygen, your plants will quickly thin out and wither away. Spending some extra dollars on soil that contains beads or perlite can improve the lifespan of your garden dramatically.
Untangle any roots
Unfortunately, roots are prone to circling and tangling. When they become root bound, this can compromise the quality of your produce and even stop your plants from growing altogether. Take this repotting as a chance to inspect your roots and untangle any obvious clumps.
Though you don't want to cut or break too many roots, if there are some that are significantly tangled, you can always cut them with a knife or some shears.
Monitor you plant
The first few days for your newly re-potted plant are the hardest. As it adjusts to its home, be sure to keep a closer eye on it. This will help you identify any key signs, such as wilting or drying leaves, which may be an indication that something isn't right.
Acting on these immediately can save your plant almost every time.
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