Your plant needs an upgrade!
Sooner or later, your green friend will need to be repotted into a new, larger home.
With a larger pot, the roots of your plant will have more room to grow, preventing your plant becoming Potbound.
The video below showcases what this looks like.
The roots of the plants are overcrowded and cramped which will actually inhibit the growth of your plant.
How do I know when to repot my plant?
There are simple, telltale signs that will alert you when to pot up your plant:
The roots of the plant have become visible on the surface of the soil, or are emerging from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
Removing the plant will show you if the roots are cramped, coiled at the bottom of the pot and overcrowded (as shown in the video above). This is easier to do with smaller plants.
Your plant has stopped growing or its growth has slowed down.
Houseplants that are young and growing actively should be moved into a slightly larger container with fresh potting mix once a year. When repotting a larger house plant, or a slow growing plant, you can get away with repotting it every two years, however watch the plant to see if it looks like it has outgrown the pot, or seems to be ‘top heavy.’ Remember, if your plant looks to be thriving and happy, the pot it is in is perfect!
Which planter should I choose?
The rule of thumb for choosing your new planter is it should be roughly two inches wider (at the rim) and two inches deeper than the current planter and no larger.
If your pot is too large, the roots of the plant will have too much room to grow. This will cause the top of the plant to experience slower growth than desired, as it won’t start growing until the roots have sufficiently filled the container.Not only this, but a planter that is too large can cause your plant to have root rot, as the container will hold more water than the plant needs.
If you need a hand finding the perfect pot for you, bring your plant into the nursery, pick out a pot you love and we will pot it up for you!
Post potting-up care
For plants, being repotted is like moving house: it’s a stressful process that takes a while to feel settled and no longer in a house, but a home. Here are a few ways to help your plant adjust:
Avoid direct sunlight at the beginning, as your plant is in a weakened state and the sun can be too harsh
Make sure you keep the consistently moist, however avoid it getting too soggy. If the leaves of the plant are limp or wilting, it isn’t getting enough water. If the leaves are turning yellow, it can mean it is overwatered.
A humid environment can often help a plant recover, so position accordingly.