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How do I know when to repot?

How do I know when to repot?

Want to know our little secret? We are lazy parents (plant parents that is) and our plants love us for it. The biggest mistake most new plant parents make is that they over care for their plants. Too much water and too much attention.

So, when it comes to repotting we believe that you don't need to repot plants very often. This is Sid's Mini Monstera, still in it's original Cheeky Green Planter, thriving. Look at her trailing up the wall.

Mini Monstera trailing up a bathroom wall

Image: Sid's Mini Monstera in 13cm pot, with Mr. Brightside
Cheeky Green Planter

 

This is Nat's Devil Ivy on the right in her original pot and loving life. She bought it when it was the size of the one on the left.

Devil's Ivy on totem. How to add an additional totem devils ivy growing up a totem

Left: Cheeky Green Devil's Ivy on totem in Cosmic Love Planter.
Right: Nat's Devil's Ivy in 20cm pot, with Little Samba

Cheeky Green Planter

So how do you know when your plant does need to be repotted?

  1. If the roots are creeping out the bottom of the drainage holes (if you don't have your plant in a pot with drainage holes, repot it as drainage is super important)
  2. When you pull your plant out of its pot, you can see a lot of root and very little soil.

    Root bound plant. Lots of root and not much soil
    Image: A root bound plant. Lots of root showing and not much soil.

  3. The soil is drying out fast, and water won't soak in anymore or the water runs right through the plant and out the drainage holes
  4. A plant's growth has stunted (but remember they do have a little break during winter)

Repotting can be exactly what your plant needs and they will reward you with new growth. Repotting refreshes and aerates the soil. Spring is the best time to repot because this is their most active growing period. 

Follow along for a blog post in the future on how to repot your plant and what to do with your cheeky planter after you have repotted!

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