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Repotting Your Plants to Make Room For Growth | Lunarly

Repotting Your Plants to Make Room for Growth

They grow up so fast! One day your Lunarly plants are arriving on your doorstep, and the next thing you know, they’re ready to graduate into bigger pots. Loving plant care creates flourishing plants. And when plants thrive, eventually, it comes time for them to stretch their roots. So when your plant’s foliage is full, it may be time to take the next step in pot size. But, how can you know for sure? We’ll discuss when it’s time to repot your plants and provide a helpful repotting guide for happy, growing plants.

Signs It’s Time to Repot Your Plants

If you simply want to repot your plant because you’d prefer a new look, all you need to do is find the same size pot or larger pot, and follow the instructions for repotting - that’s what we did with this Snake Plant! However, knowing when your plant needs to be repotted requires a little more analysis. Your plant can’t exactly tell you that it’s bursting at the seams. Instead, you’ll need to look for the tell-tale signs of overgrown or root bound plants. 

When a plant is overgrown, it’s foliage becomes full, making it look top-heavy or like it might fall over. Root bound plants will send other signals. As plants grow, their roots extend deeper into the soil. After time, those roots will begin to travel along the inside of the pot. The more these roots spread, the easier it is for your plant to become root bound. To spot when your plant is becoming root bound, keep an eye out for these indications:

  • Roots growing out from a pot’s drainage hole
  • Overcrowded roots that grow in a dense root ball, creating more roots than soil
  • Older, lower leaves are yellowing
  • Plants looks wilted even when receiving the correct amount of water
  • Plant growth stops

Plants that are root bound have trouble absorbing nutrients and water. If you sense that your plant is root bound, you can confirm by checking out the root system. After removing your plant from the pot, take a look at the soil. Is it covered in a mass of roots, almost the same shape as the pot it was in? That means it’s time for a bigger home. Start checking to see if your Lunarly plant is ready to be repotted 2 to 3 months after receiving it, or sooner if you’ve fed it with plant food.  

How to Repot a Plant

Step 1:  Check the Root System

Before repotting, make sure your plant is ready to move. Watering your plant the day before will ensure that the soil ball can be easily removed from the pot. Gently tilt your plant to the side, grab the point closest to the soil, and slip it out of the pot. As you do this, make sure to keep the plant from falling or breaking. Look to see if your plant has roots covering the soil. If so, it will benefit from a larger home.

Step 2: Prepare the Pot

Get a larger pot for your plant to grow in. Generally when repotting your plant, it’s a good rule of thumb to only go about 1-2 inches larger in diameter than its previous pot. This keeps the plant from experiencing shock or root rot in its new environment. 

Rather than reusing the old soil, it’s best to start with fresh soil. This prevents you from spreading any diseases from the old pot or soil into the new one.. Fill the pot about ⅓ of the way full with indoor potting mix, making sure to leave room for the plant. 

Step 3: Give It a New Home

Before setting your plant in new soil, you’ll need to tease out the root ball. When a plant has been sitting in the same pot for too long, the roots will take on the shape of the pot. After being cramped in a small space, the plant roots will love a nice massage. In fact, they need it! 

Softly massaging the roots releases them from the shape of the pot and keeps roots from circling around the pot’s base. This enables the roots to better take in water and nutrients. Go ahead and work the roots with your hands just enough to loosen them from their shape, but not so much that you remove all the soil or make it difficult to place in the new pot.

Once your plant is ready for its new pot, simply set it in and add more potting mix around the edges. Leave about a half inch to an inch from the top of the pot to the soil to make it easier to water. Then give your newly potted plants a bit of water so they can adjust and settle in. 

Don’t worry if plants take some time to grow new foliage after being set in their new pot. They’re adjusting to the space. Any wilting or leaf fall that occurs just after repotting is part of the plant acclimating. After a bit of shock, it will begin to grow again, even better than before. To avoid too much shock, minimize the amount of change your plant is going through. Making sure to place it back in the same spot as it was before repotting, or at least somewhere close where it can receive the same amount and type of lighting.

Best Times to Repot

Ready to give it a try? Spring is the ideal time to size up, but you can repot in any season as long as the weather isn’t too extreme. Moving can be stressful, so best to do it when the weather’s nice!