How do you know when to repot a plant? 2 signs
Repotting is an important part of keeping your plants happy and healthy long-term. It’s inevitable that they will eventually outgrow their containers. Generally, young plants will need to be repotted more often than mature, established plants. But how do you know when to repot a plant? Read our best tips in this article.
When to repot a plant
When it comes to how often houseplants should be repotted, it’s unfortunately not an exact science. It varies depending on the age of the plant and the conditions in your home. There are several signs that houseplants can exhibit when they are pot-bound:
When the roots are wrapped tightly in the pot
In general, a plant grows best if there is at least 5 cm of space left around the roots. This gives a plant air, making it easier to grow. Gently remove the plant from its container. Severely pot-bound plants may struggle to come out, as their roots have filled in so tightly that absolutely no wiggle room remains.
When the soil is drying out faster than usual
Check the frequency you are watering the houseplant. Do you notice that the potting mix dries out quickly, even during periods of cooler temperatures? This could indicate that your plant is growing and needs repotting. It’s time to repot!