Gardening

Repotting: when and how to repot?


Repotting is an easy operation to perform and essential for the good development of the plant.

Both necessary so that the roots can find the place they need, this operation also has the advantage of renewing the organic matter that the plants need.

Indoor plants are especially repotted, but all potted plants, shrubs and fruit trees grown in containers deserve regular repotting.

Here's all you need to know about repotting.

Why repot indoor potted plants?

  • The organic materials present in the soil and essential to the plant are not inexhaustible.
  • The plants draw on them to feed themselves while watering tends to bring them to the bottom of the pot by leaching and then to make them disappear.
  • Repotting allows give material to plants in order to feed them and give them space to develop.

When to repot? The best period

The most favorable period for repotting is In early spring. The plant will then enter a so-called vegetative period and will be better equipped to undergo this change of pot.

It should also be repot the plants that have just been purchasedbecause they have generally reached the maximum size for the jars in which they are sold.

How to repot properly

Take a larger diameter pot to the old container.

  • Ideal but not mandatory: Garnish the bottom with a draining layer gravel or expanded clay balls.
  • Fill the jar with a suitable soil to the plants you are repotting.
  • Prepare the root ball by removing dead, damaged and fragile roots.
    They should be cut with a very sharp secateurs.
  • Place the root ball center of the pot
  • Complete with potting soil
  • Tamp lightly then water during the following weeks according to the needs of the plant.

Repotting very large plants

Some plants that have grown too large for repotting should be given a regular surfacing.

This operation will consist in removing as much of the old soil as possible until the roots are found, but without damaging them and then supplementing with a new soil.


To read also:

  • Repotting orchids
  • Propagation technique: cuttings

Video: The Secret to Successful Houseplant Repotting (October 2020).