Late Summer is the Best Time to Repot Your Growing Houseplants - Here's How

Late Summer is the Best Time to Repot Your Growing Houseplants - Here'

Indoor houseplants can often go unnoticed when it comes to the right time to transplant. However, when our pothos, snake plants, and philodendron begin outgrowing their pots, they need to be replanted into bigger containers to take root and give them the best opportunity to develop and thrive fully. You'll know it's time when roots start peeping out of drainage holes, and new growth is smaller and farther apart.

During the warm months is the best time to make the transition since the plants are actively growing. You can also wait until fall, but don't wait too long—the colder weather will stifle the growth of your houseplants and weaken their transplant success.

We've put together a guide so you can successfully transition your houseplants into a new home:


#1 - Water

Before you make the transition, begin watering your plants thoroughly 24 hours before you plan to transplant.

#2 - Remove the plant

To remove the plant from the pot: Turn the plant upside down, place one hand on the soil, and the other gripping the pot. Then, gently pull to release the plant from the pot.

#3 - Examine

Once the plant is out, examine the roots. If any white ones are winding around the edges, gently untangle them with your fingers.

Pro tip: To help promote good nutrient absorption, it's ok to help the roots loosen up and even trim them. Use pruning shears to remove and loosen the root mass and help create space for the plant to avoid strangling itself with its roots as it grows.

#4 - Repotting

Add fresh soil to your new pot. Next, center the plant and fill the rest of the pot with soil. The soil should be just below the rim of the pot—about three centimeters.

Pro Tip: Cacti, Snake Plants Succulents, and Snake Plants love terracotta pots. Plastic pots are best for African violet, anthurium, and ferns.

#5 - Just Add Life

To ensure your plants succeed when being repotted, take the opportunity to check if your soil lacks nutrients. A simple soil test will help you determine if the nutrients have settled to the bottom soil in your pot, and this is the perfect time to boost the nutrients.

A soil test indicates your soil's pH level—the relative acidity or alkalinity—which affects how plants take up nutrients and thrive. If the analysis shows low PH, we recommend adding calcium. Calcium is the trucker of all plant nutrients; it is essential for proper nutrient transportation into the plant. When calcium is deficient, your plants suffer not only from lack of calcium but other essential nutrients as well.

Adding SuperCal® is one of the best ways to supply calcium in the form your plants require. This fast-acting, proprietary blend of natural organic acids, works in the soil to break down tied up calcium/lime deposits and convert them to an available form that plants can utilize.

Here are a few benefits:

– Guaranteed analysis of 10% calcium

– 100% water-soluble, does not have to go through biological breakdown

– Immediately available to the soil and growing plants

– Improves Nutrient Uptake

– See immediate results…No waiting six to twelve months like with dry lime.

Don't starve your plants of the calcium they need. Set them up to take root in their new home with SuperCal®!

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SOURCES: Westcott-Gratton, Stephen. "Repotting Houseplants." Canadian Gardening Winter 2007: 38-9. ProQuest. Web. 18 July 2020. "Prepare Houseplants for Winter." Southern Living 10 1988: 69. ProQuest. Web. 18 July 2020.