I finally got around to getting some potting soil and repotting house plants. So I thought I’d tell you the steps I use when repotting.
My Instructions For Repotting House Plants:
- If I’m using pots that have been used before, I fill the sink with hot water and add (preferably) Dawn dish washing liquid. I then put the used pots in the water to soak away bacteria that might be on them from being outdoors. I use broken pot shards for pot drainage, so I soak those pieces as well.
- After soaking, I use a clean soapy cloth to clean the pot well, then I allow the pots to air dry.
- Now I’m ready for potting, so I take everything out to my potting bench on the patio.
- I put a few of the pot shards in the bottom of the pot for proper drainage.
- I start adding potting soil. Fill to about the middle of the pot.
- Now it’s time to take the plant out of the smaller/original pot. If it’s being stubborn about coming out of the pot, I gently tap the side of the pot against my potting bench to shake the soil loose.
- Then I start adding potting soil. If the roots are root bound, I ease the roots apart with my fingers.
- I place the plant in the pot and begin to add potting soil all around it. If the plant is leaning to one side, I use my left hand to hold it up straight as I add potting soil.
- I fill the pot up to about an inch from the top. Then I start gently tamping down the soil around the plant with my fingers.
- Then I take my house plant back indoors and give it a drink of water.
I don’t like to use water fresh from the tap to water my plants. I use water that has been sitting at least 24 hours. Or I use bottled water.
Don’t use garden soil for indoor plants. There might be bugs and/or bacteria in that dirt that you don’t want to introduce inside to other house plants.
Make sure you don’t leave your plant sitting in water after watering. If water is coming out the bottom of the pot, drain it.
If I’m repotting plants for outdoors, I might use pine cones for drainage in the bottom of the pot.
That’s my tried and true instructions for repotting my house plants.