When it comes to gardening, one basic skill to master is knowing how to repot a plant. Repotting plants can be a relatively simple task; however, the level of difficulty tends to differ depending on the plant that needs a new home. For example, large house plants may be trickier to repot than small succulents. Read on to learn more about how to repot plants.
Repotting can be a stressful time for a plant. One of the best ways to care for your plant when repotting it is to make sure you do plenty of research into the type of plant you’re working with. Certain plants may require particular care, have a specific way they need to be repotted, or simply need some extra attention during the process. Before repotting your plant, do some reading about the best ways to replant the specific one you are working with.
The first step is to choose the pot that you wish to relocate your plant into. One with drainage holes can be a good choice for most varieties, as plants generally like to have adequate drainage. You will likely want to pick a pot that is larger than the one your plant is currently growing in, to allow for it to have ample space for growth. Pots can be made from a variety of different materials, including ceramics, stone, and plastic. There are also many patterns, shapes and colours to choose from
Before beginning the plant relocation process, make sure you prepare the new pot to be a good home. This can include selecting high-quality, nutritious fresh soil or potting mix and even possibly placing in some compost and fertiliser. Do some research into the type of soil composite the plant you’re repotting needs for best results. During this time, you might also like to think about the positioning of your plant, such as whether it should be placed in a spot with direct sunlight, filtered sunlight, or somewhere shadier.
Once you have the pot picked out and the soil prepared, it’s time to transfer your plant. If your plant is positioned in a plastic pot, you may like to gently squeeze on the outside to loosen the soil and allow for the plant to easily slip out. If not, you will likely want to slightly tip the plant, support its stem and very gently remove it from the pot. It’s important that you are very careful with the stem so as not to separate the plant from its roots. Once you have the plant out of the old pot, massage its roots to separate them a little before placing it in the new one.
Dig a hole and place the plant into its new pot (that has already been prepared with soil), patting the dirt around it to secure the roots. Once repotted, give the plant a good watering and place it in a position that suits it. When it comes to how to repot a large plant, you should take particular care and effort not to cause any damage due to its size and weight. Hold the stem as close to the roots as possible and support the roots when moving it into its new home. If the plant is a little too large, consider bringing in a friend for a little extra assistance.
Learning how to repot a plant is a simple skill for gardeners to learn. Provided you do a bit of research into the type of treatment and conditions your particular potted plants need, and care for it once it has been repotted, you should have no troubles repotting a plant without killing it!
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