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How to Re-pot

Updated: Jan 7

Before we show you the how-to, we need to show you the when-to.

Here are some signs:

  • Roots are coming through the drainage holes

  • Roots are pushing the plant up causing it to possibly fall

  • It has been 1 year since the last potting

  • The substrate will dry out more quickly, requiring more watering

What do you need to re-pot?

A new pot 2 in. larger than the current pot, if you are reusing the same pot clean with soap and water first.

  • Fresh potting mix (we prefer an organic soilless mix with added perlite)

  • A watering can

  • Gloves when handling cactus and plants that contain irritating sap

Re-Potting Steps

Finally, it is time to get your hands in the dirt and re-pot! Refer to the steps below to help you along the way!

  1. Remove your plant from its current pot When removing from a plastic pot loosen the plant by rolling the pot in your hands gently. To remove from a terracotta pot gently use a shovel to loosen roots and soil from the sides. It is best to re-pot a day after watering.

  2. Fill the new pot 1/3 of the way full with fresh potting soil This helps ensure the roots don't grow straight through the drainage holes of the pot. You can also add a layer of lava rocks to the bottom to help ensure better drainage preventing root rot.

  3. Gently loosen plant roots removing old potting mix When loosening the roots this is the time to trim the extra long roots. If the plant roots have wrapped around the pot this is called root bounding if this happens unwrap the roots, if needed cut them in half on one side, and continue to gently unwrap.

4. Add your plant

Place the plant in the center gently on the fresh layer of soil, adding more soil along the sides to help the plant stabilize. Once filled gently tap the bottom of the pot to help fill any air pockets. Be careful not over-pack it will not allow the roots to breathe.

5. Now it's time to water

Give your plant enough water that it flows out of the drainage holes. This encourages healthy roots that help keep the plant stabilized. Also allowing it to soak up nutrients from the new soil.


Feel like you need a little more help? Unsure about what type of soil to use?

Please don't hesitate to reach out!

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