How to Transplant Houseplants?
Some houseplants grow really big over time, which means they eventually need a new container. This can be a bit of a hassle; that’s exactly why we will give you some tips and tricks on smooth houseplant transplantation.
If you do this correctly and use the right container size and indoor soil, it’s a great way to help your houseplants to grow beyond expectations.
What Pot Size Do You Choose for Plant Transplantation?
Before choosing a new container, it’s important to keep an eye on the speed of growth. A houseplant like a Monstera grows fast and requires a new pot that is about two to four inches larger in diameter than the current one. A slow-growing plant can use a pot that’s about one to two inches larger in diameter. This rule of thumb is a quick tool to consider the right size for your plant. This way, your plant will be stable in the new pot while the plant maintains enough space for continuous growth.
How Do You Transplant Houseplants?
- Start with filling up a quarter of the new container with Organic Indoor Potting Soil. This mixture helps to retain moisture and minimize transplant shock. It’s a blend of premium ingredients that’s disease, pest, and weed-free and thus keeps your plants healthy in their new pot. This soil is specifically made for indoor plants by optimizing the combination of nutrients and texture.
- Place the old pot on its side to ease the root ball out. For bigger plants, you might need an extra pair of hands to help you out on this step.
- Place the plant in the new container filled with Organic Indoor Potting Soil.
- Fill the gaps around the plant with more of the Organic Indoor Potting Soil.
- Top up the rest of the container with potting soil until it’s full.
- Add water to prevent air bulbs.
When Do You Know It’s Time to Transplant Plants to a Larger Pot?
As your houseplants grow larger, the roots might start to grow through the drainage holes or bound to the pot. This is the time to repot your plants into a larger pot, to give them space to grow in a healthy way. The best time to repot a plant into a larger container is in spring because, in this season, the roots have enough time to set in the new container.
The Right Kind of Soil for Repotting Houseplants
Using the right kind of soil is a way to prevent disease and pest problems. Choosing the right indoor soil is the first step to successful plant transplantation. These mixtures are specially combined for indoor plants and contain the right mixture of nutrients to provide indoor plants with the right moisture and nutrients for healthy growth. Indoor soil mixtures are sterilized in order to ensure that they’re not bringing any diseases, pests, or weeds. High quality soil helps to minimize transplantation shock, so your plants will continue growing in the bigger pots without a setback due to the repotting.
Here's a recommended shopping list if you want to grow or transplant houseplants:
- Organic Indoor Potting Soil
- A large pot, make sure it's considerably larger than the current one
More advice on repotting houseplants?
For more tips on how to repot or transplant your houseplants, you’re always welcome in our garden centre. We’re happy to give you more tips and advice about plant care and gardening. We hope to welcome you to our garden centre soon!