Updated on May 12, 2023
Today I’m going to tell you how to repot house plants. It’s easy once you know what you’re doing.
I finally got potting soil and repotted many of my house plants. So I thought I’d tell you the steps I personally use when repotting plants.
I currently prefer potting my house plants in Fox Farm potting soil. I’ve used many different kinds. I’ve even ordered this one online.
My Instructions For Repotting House Plants:
- For pots that aren’t new, I fill the sink with hot water and add dish washing liquid. I put the pots in the water to soak away bacteria that might be on them. I use stones or gravel for pot drainage, so I soak those as well.
- After soaking, I use a sponge or cloth to scrub the dirt that didn’t come off during soaking. Then I rinse the pots and allow them to air dry.
- I put the clean stones or gravel in the bottom of the pot for drainage.
- Then 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, gently tap the side of the pot to shake the soil loose.
- If the roots are root bound, I ease the roots apart with my fingers and then place it in the pot.
- I begin adding more potting soil around the plant until I get about an inch from the top of the pot.
- Then I begin to gently tamp down the soil around the plant with my fingers.
- I then give my plant a drink of water.
I don’t like to use water fresh from the tap to water my plants. So I use water that has been sitting at least 24 hours. Or I use bottled water.
Using the right potting soil in your pots will allow the plant to grow optimally. Potting soil is filled with all the nutrients a plant needs.
Potting soil’s superior ability to drain water is the main reason it is used for most indoor plants.
Always use the appropriate potting soil for your plant. What is referred to as potting soil is actually a mix or a blend of different materials. Sphagnum moss, perlite, bark, compost, vermiculite, or coir, that feed the plant.
There are different kinds of potting soil:
- All purpose potting soil
- Organic potting soil
- Seed starting mix
- Cacti and citrus potting soil
- Orchid potting soil
- Moisture control potting soil
- Outdoor potting mix
After watering, make sure you don’t leave your plant sitting in water that may be in the plant saucer. If water is coming out the bottom of the pot, drain it all out.
Now your house plant has been given all it needs to spread its roots and grow. House plants are both fun to grow and an asset to any room in your home.