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Plant Care 101. Repotting Your Plant.

Did you know that you can leave your plant in the grower container for up to a year? Its actually a great way for your plant to get used to your home climate and makes it easy for watering as you can easily take it from its decorative pot right to the shower for a great humid and fully drained watering. 

Once you've had your plant in its growing pot for 6-12 months you can repot it into a permanent home. Since its just the start of spring, this is the perfect time to pot or re-pot your plant. Whether you’re putting your plant into a new vessel or simply refreshing the soil in its current home, your plant will be so ecstatic for the added space and nutrient boost provided by re-potting, and will show its thanks by creating lots of beautiful new growth.

Here’s a few tips about how to re-pot indoor plants to ensure they’re as happy and healthy as possible.

  1. Water your plant thoroughly a day or two before you plan to re-pot. This will make it easier to get your plant out of its pot, and ensure that it is hydrated, which reduces the risk of shock.

  2. Gently remove the plant from its pot by turning the pot on its side. Holding it gently by the stems, tap the bottom of the grower pot container until the plant slides out. For highly root bound plants, slide a butter knife around the perimeter of the pot to loosen its roots.

  3. Gently loosen the roots shake away excess soil, taking care not to damage the tender roots. Clip away any brown, black or visibly damaged roots with sharp shears.

    If re-potting only, dump remaining soil from the pot, and clean away sediments with hot water. If potting up, choose a clean new pot that is no more than 2” in diameter larger than your plant’s old home – too much space slows growth and can lead to root rot.

  4. If potting into a container with out drainage, we recommend adding a .5” layer of rocks or activated charcoal to the bottom of your pot. Next, add a layer of fresh potting soil to the bottom of the pot so that the base of the plant will be about 1” below the top of the pot.

  5. Place your plant in the centre of the new pot and fill around the plant with soil.  Be sure not to pack too much soil in the planter, so that your plant can still breath. There should be .5-1" of space in your pot so you have room to water your plant.

  6. Water lightly so that the new soil is moist.

What to expect after potting/re-potting your plant

When you put a plant in a new pot or even a new place, plants tend to enter a period of shock. Don’t worry – it’s normal! Plants may appear wilted and thirsty, but take care to refrain from over watering. Wait about a week after re-potting to ensure that any roots damaged during re-potting have healed. During the recovery period, place plants in a cooler, shadier spot. If you want to fertilize your plant, hold of on fertilizing for about 6 weeks after re-potting. Your plant has just gone through surgery, so it will need time to reset and heal.