Reset Your Plants for Spring
If a plant’s roots are growing out of the pot, the soil is very compacted, or you haven’t repotted in a while, it’s probably a good time to do so.
To get started, choose a pot that is 1”-2” larger in diameter from the current pot. The plant won’t want too much or too little extra space.
Gather your supplies and tools and begin by covering the drainage hole with a shard of pottery or a stone. We’ve heard coffee filters also work well.
If the pot you’ve chosen doesn’t have a drainage hole, and you don’t trust your restraint in watering, add an inch or so of loose gravel to the pot.
Next, add a layer of soil to the planter - just enough to give the plant a lift once you place it in.
Place the plant in the pot. The top of the root ball should be close to the lip of the pot - if it’s too low, add more soil to the bottom layer.
Use your fingers to gently loosen the roots of the plant. Don’t get too aggressive!
Once you have the plant in place, fill in with more soil around the edges of the pot. Don’t burry the base of the plant too deeply.
Finish by lightly tamping the soil. Try to fill in any air pockets, but don’t press too hard. The roots like the soil to be light.
Our favorite tip: clean up before watering!
If the soil is dry, water your plant! All that new soil will make it harder to tell if the plant needs water. Always check the soil first.
You’re done! Place your plant in its optimal light condition and set a reminder on your phone to check it regularly for watering and pruning. EASY!
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What you'll need
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A New Planter & Saucer
Good Potting Mix
Pottery Shard or Stones
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