When and how should I repot my houseplant?

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When and how should I repot my houseplant?
When you buy a houseplant, the joy of new leaves and the growth of the plant is always great. Over time, however, the soil in which your plant is growing becomes poorer and poorer in nutrients and your pot becomes too small, hindering or slowing down your plant’s development. When you notice that the soil has gotten a little lower and the roots of the plant are sticking out of the small holes at the bottom of the pot, that means one thing: it’s time to repot! In this article we will explain how and when is the best time to repot your plant. Have fun while reading!


Repotting your indoor plants is not only easy, but above all very important. After a few months or years, the plant will outgrow its pot and need more space and nutrients. If the roots aren’t sticking out yet, you can also fertilize them regularly to provide them with enough nutrition. Should it happen that your green protégé has grown so much that the roots no longer have enough space, then you should repot it. It is best to do this in spring or summer. Before you start, gather all the important materials.


It is best to find a place on the balcony, in the garden or in the courtyard to repot your plants. It is also suitable to repot several plants in one day – this is much faster.

These are the materials and tools you will need for the repot action:

  • Clay beads/clay granules
  • Soil: we recommend peat-free universal soil for all indoor plants except cacti, succulents, palm trees, orchids and bonsai – there is special soil for the plants
  • a new pot: regardless of whether it is a clay, water storage or plastic plant pot – you should only repot into the next pot size
  • a pruning shears
  • a watering can full of room temperature water
  • possibly gloves

Is everything ready? Then it can finally start now. Grab the first plant and just start!

3. Cut off the damaged roots and untangle them if necessary. You can tell if the roots are damaged or rotten because they are brown and soft. They don’t feel very stable and can be removed with bare hands, they are so soft. Use pruning shears to remove.

4. Remove about a third of the old soil from your plant. As you already know, your plant needs fresh nutrients that the old soil no longer has in sufficient supply.


1. Water your plant at least a few hours before, ideally the evening before. The soil should not be completely wet as this will make repotting difficult.

2. Carefully remove the plant from its pot. Since the roots sometimes stick out of the holes in the plastic pot or the clay pot, you should unravel or cut them beforehand so as not to injure them. Turn the pot upside down once and the plant will slide out by itself.

7. Now fill your pot completely with fresh soil and make sure that no roots are damaged or uncovered. It is best to do this step by step – this way you can cover all sides equally and the plant stands nicely in the middle and does not tip over to one side.

8. Now press the soil lightly with your fingers and make sure that it is nice and loose. If it’s too sticky or you’ve pressed the soil together too much, water may not get through. Then water the plant and then leave it alone as it needs to recover from being repotted.

5. Take a pot that is about 2-3cm wider than the previous one. One pot size larger is ideal. If your pot is too big, the roots will feel a bit lost and don’t really know where to go. With a pot size larger you are on the safe side and still give your plant enough room to breathe.

6. Put the clay beads at the bottom of the pot and pour some fresh soil on top. The clay balls serve as a drainage layer. Excess water can be stored in it and released again. This way waterlogging can be avoided. Then place your plant in the middle of the pot.


Yay, you did it. Wasn’t that hard, was it?! Now your plant can continue to grow and thrive. We have collected many helpful and useful tips for you in our Green Diary. There you will learn everything about the correct watering , the care of the plants during and after the holiday as well as the most important information about the individual varieties. So if you ever have a question, it’s always worth checking in there. We would be very happy if you stop by and wish you a lot of fun browsing!

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