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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Use your fingers to gently loosen the roots of the plant. Don’t get too aggressive!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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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