When do I know to repot a plant?

When do I know to repot a plant?

3rd Jul 2023


Plants are living organisms that require a certain level of care and attention to thrive. One essential aspect of plant care is repotting. Repotting a plant involves transferring it into a larger container or pot with fresh soil, which provides more room for root growth and prevents overcrowding. In this blog post, we will discuss how to tell when a plant needs repotting and the steps to take to repot a plant.

Signs that your plant needs repotting

One of the most obvious signs that your plant needs repotting is when the roots start to grow out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. When the roots become too long, they can become root-bound, which means they are struggling to find space to grow and absorb nutrients. Other telltale signs that a plant needs repotting include:

  • The soil is dry and pulls away from the sides of the pot
  • The plant is top-heavy and falls over easily
  • The plant is not growing as well as it used to
  • The roots are circling around the inside of the pot, indicating that they have run out of space

If you notice any of these signs, it's time to consider repotting your plant.

Steps to take to repot a plant

Once you have determined that your plant needs repotting, it's time to take action. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Choose a new pot that is one size larger than the current pot. Make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom to allow excess water to escape.
  2. Fill the new pot with fresh potting soil, leaving enough room at the top for the plant.
  3. Carefully remove the plant from its current pot, being careful not to damage the roots.
  4. Gently loosen the roots with your fingers or a tool, removing any dead or decaying roots.
  5. Place the plant in the new pot, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the top of the soil.
  6. Fill in any gaps around the plant with additional soil, pressing it down lightly.
  7. Water the plant thoroughly, allowing the excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot.


Repotting a plant may seem like a daunting task, but it's an essential part of plant care that can help your plants grow and thrive. By paying attention to the signs that your plant needs repotting and following the steps outlined above, you can ensure that your plants are healthy and happy. Remember, the key to successful repotting is to be gentle and patient, and your plants will thank you for it.

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