How to re-pot a plant

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Repotting your plants is easy and can give them a new lease on life. As your plants grow they might need moving into larger pots. Giving them more room to grow stops the plant’s roots from becoming too tightly bound, which can prevent their growth.  Some signs that your plant needs repotting are if it’s stopped growing, you can see its roots on the surface of the soil or sticking out of the drainage hole. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Pour in a base layer of potting mix
2 Removing the plant from the old pot
3 Transferring your plant into its new pot
4 Water and Fertilise Your Plant
  • Step 1. Pour in a base layer of potting mix

    First get your new pot ready by putting in a base layer of potting mix. Be careful when cutting open the bag and make sure you have some gloves and a facemask on when handling the potting mix. Grab a couple of handfuls of the mix and place it into the base of the pot.

  • Step 2. Removing the plant from the old pot

    Depending on how tight the roots of your plant are, you might be able to lift the plant straight out of the pot. If not, put your hand over the top of the pot, hold the plant's stem, turn it upside down, tap the bottom of it and slowly pull the pot away from the plant.  Once out of the pot, if the plant’s roots are tightly bound, break them up by pulling them away, this will help it grow better. 
  • Step 3. Transferring your plant into its new pot

    Place the plant in the centre of the new pot and put the potting mix around it. Make sure that you push the potting mix down and around the plant so that it’s nice and firm. It’s always best to use a premium potting mix because it has all the nutrients and elements that your plant needs.
  • Step 4. Water and Fertilise Your Plant

    By adding seaweed solution, you will improve your plants growth, promote its root growth and help it cope with transplant shock. Add 30mls, or three capfuls, of seaweed solution into nine litres of water in your watering can. Pour this mixture over the plant until you see it start running out of the bottom.  Using the right kind of fertiliser and following the instructions on the pack, sprinkle it around the plant.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Dust mask
  • Fertiliser
  • Gardening gloves
  • Knife
  • Watering can

Materials

  • Plant
  • Pot
  • Potting mix
  • Seaweed concentrate
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