repot your plant

Repot your Plant

Sometimes your plant that was in a pot for quite some time may start looking a little bit worse for wear.  Below we highlight some of the things to look out for when deciding on repotting. 

Check the Roots 

When tipping your pot over gently, have a look to see if there are any visible roots popping through the drainage holes.  If this is the case it is time to repot.  When plants are strapped for space, or need new room for growth, always check the roots.  Often if a plant has been a pot for a long time, it will no longer do the trick.  As everything grows in nature, so will your plant and it will need room to grow. 

Falling Leaves 

Without leaves, your plant will very often not be able to recover. Leaves hold an important function for all plans. Without leaves, your plant will not survive.  Often when leaves fall from plants, the first thing we think about is if it was under or overwatered. We don’t always think  

‘time for repotting’.  If you have ruled out that watering is the issue, it is suggested to repot. 

Growth Stunting

So often we hear of indoor plants doing so well, thriving in fact. Then boom all of a sudden they stop.  The reason behind this is often quite hard to pick up, as naturally plants indoors grow slower than plants outdoors in their natural habitat.  Keeping a good eye on your plants and trying to identify their individual growth will help you ascertain if it has actually stunted. Even though you may not see roots popping out the bottom of the pot, it could be that the roots are squashed inside and have nowhere else to go. 

Make sure when repotting that you have your soil mix ready, a clean surface to repot and a suitable size pot.  It is important to note that even though a repot may be necessary, the plant can take a bit of time to regain its strength after its’ move. 

Ensure you water your plant thoroughly after repotting, this will help avoid transplant shock, which most plants do often encounter.