Dear Plant Pundit

In February 2023, Real Estate & Home by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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How do you decide how big of a pot to replant your plants in? And how do you know when it’s time to repot them? 

– Pothead

Dear Pothead,

When repotting your plant, you want to choose a size only a couple inches larger than your current one (for example, 4-inch plants should be put into a 6-inch pot). Too much space beneath the roots can leave room for excess moisture to build up in the soil, which, in turn, can give your plants root rot. Most plants like to be root-bound, so it’s always better to err on the side of caution when replanting! 

Time frame-wise, there’s no one-size-fits-all. If you see a lot of the bottom leaves starting to yellow, it’s time to check your roots and see if your plant is ready to be repotted! You’ll know it’s ready when roots start to come out of the bottom of the pot or if you pull the plant out and it’s fully formed in the shape of the container it was in.

Elana Gleason is the social media specialist for Logan’s Garden Shop—and a major houseplant enthusiast! She is also an active member of the Raleigh plant blogger community and runs a “plantstagram” page of her own, @thehouseplantdiva.

For more plant advice, see here, here and here.

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