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How to care for newly potted plants

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How do I repot a plant?

1. Remove your plant from its current pot by turning the plant over and tapping the bottom of the container until it falls out. Be very careful, it is better to take your time doing this than rushing it and hurting your plant in the process.

2. Loosen the roots at the bottom a little, so that when you repot your plant the roots are able to continue growing. If you repotted your plant and the roots were all tangled they would just continue to grow in circles rather than into the new pot.

3. Find a new pot that is large enough for your plant to grow and add fresh potting soil.

4. Add your plant to the new pot and add some more soil around the plant so that it is secure in the pot. Make sure to not overpack the plant in the soil, so that it still has some room.

5. Water your plant and let it drain out, and now you have a freshly potted plant!

repotting plant in hand
potting plants on table

How do I know when a plant needs to be repotted?

Knowing when to repot your plant is important to help ensure its growth. Repotting doesn’t necessarily mean changing the pot of the plant, but it could also mean changing the soil, so that it is able to get new nutrients and fresh space to continue growing. A plant will usually need to be repotted every year or so depending on the plant!

How do I care for a newly potted plant?

1. Choose a good pot, one that has enough space for the plant to grow. If the plant’s roots don’t have enough space, it could cause the plant to fall over because of the unequal weight distribution.

The pot should also have holes in the bottom for water drainage. This allows the water to not be trapped in the pot, which could cause the plant to retain too much water.

2. Use good soil, preferably potting soil. You can likely find this at your local plant store, and these potting soils usually have more nutrients than regular soil from your backyard.

3. Give them enough water, and be careful not to over water or underwater your plants. Both could result badly for your plant so it is important to find a happy medium that works best for your plant species.

4. Give your plants lots of light, put them in a place where they are able to get enough sunlight. Find a windowsill that gets enough sunlight for your plants.

plants on window sill

If your plant is outside rather than indoors some important things to take into consideration are:

  • how much rainfall you get because that will impact how much you need to water your plants
  • how much direct sunlight they get outside, because certain plants need more sunlight than others.
  • another thing to be aware of is the climate you live in, some plants do extremely well in hot weather, and if it is still spring be aware of whether or not the temperature drops, that could cause your plants to freeze.

Leaving your plant indoors means that you only have houseplant pests to worry about. However, outdoors it is more than likely you will see your plant attract different kinds of garden pests, so it is important to be on the lookout.

I hope that these tips and tricks will help you and your journey to repotting!

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