When to Repot Your Houseplants?

6 Signs You Can't Ignore

Do you love your houseplants, but you're not sure when to repot them? If so, you're not alone. Repotting can be a bit daunting, but it's important to do it at the right time to keep your plants healthy and thriving.

Here are 6 signs that can tell you when it's time to repot your houseplants:

1.Roots are growing out of the planter

Roots growing out of the planterThis is the most obvious sign that it's time to repot your plant. If you see roots growing out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, or if they're circling around the top of the pot, it's time to move your plant to a larger container.

2. Plant is top-heavy

Top heavy plant needs to be repot it

If your plant is starting to lean over or fall over, it's a sign that it's outgrowing its pot. The roots are getting too big for the pot, and they're pushing the plant up.


3. Plant is growing slowly

Fiddle leaf fig tree growing slowly

If your plant has stopped growing or is growing very slowly, it may be a sign that it needs to be repotted. A larger pot with fresh soil will give the plant the nutrients and space it needs to grow.


4. Leaves are yellowing or dropping 

Maranta yellow leaves

Yellowing or dropping leaves can be a sign of many problems, but one possibility is that the plant is root bound. When the roots are overcrowded, they can't take up enough water and nutrients, which can lead to yellowing leaves and leaf drop.


5. The soil is drying out quickly 

Root bound neon pothos needs to be repotted

If you find that you're having to water your plant more often than usual, it may be a sign that the plant is root bound. There are more roots than soil.

6. Plant is more than 2 years old 

In general, most houseplants should be repotted every 2-3 years. However, some plants may need to be repotted more or less often, depending on their growth rate and size.

If you're not sure how to repot your houseplants, or if you're not comfortable doing it yourself, our plant care expert, Veronica Leon, can help you repot your houseplants and give you advice on how to care for them in the future. She offers at-home and virtual consultations, so you can choose the option that's most convenient for you.

Learn about all our plant services. We'll be happy to help you keep your houseplants healthy and thriving.

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