If you’re wondering which of these actions you should take, it’s going to depend on whether you want to encourage growth to have a large impressive plant, as you can do with a peace lily for instance, or whether you want to control the size of the plant.
How can you tell if your plants needs repotting or the roots pruning?The most important thing is to recognize when the roots of your plant are getting too big for the size of pot it’s in. There are several telltale signs to suggest that this is the case.
- The roots of the plant are growing through the drain holes in the pot.
- The roots of the plant are growing and showing on the top of the soil.
- The roots of the plant have cracked the pot and are growing through the crack.
- The pot is tipping over often as the plant is too big for it.
Whether you want to put the plant back in the same container, or move it to a bigger one, you have to do so in the right way.You will need:
- The pot you are going to use
- Fresh mix to put into the pot
- Scissors, pruning shears or a sharp knife if you are going to prune the roots
You first need to remove the plant from the pot; you can squeeze plastic pots gently if you are finding it difficult to remove the plant. After removing the plant you should examine the roots and prune them if necessary.
After feeding the plant with fertilizer you need to keep it somewhere with lower exposure to light for about a week; this helps to prevent problems with repotting shock.
What happens if you don’t repot your plant?
If a plant becomes root bound, meaning that the roots no longer have any room to grow, then it will eventually die, its leaves will wither and it will fade away. It’s important that you keep an eye on your plants, and repot them when necessary, to prevent this from happening to them.
What’s your experience with repotting plants? Ever tried it? I know I have a few that need to get repotted, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.