With many of us at spending more time at home during this health crisis, gardening has been a popular activity to do. A common gardening task is repotting existing plants. Whether you’re putting your plant into a new vessel or simply refreshing the soil in its current home, your plant will be so thankful for the added space and nutrient boost provided by re-potting and will show its thanks by creating lots of beautiful new growth. But you’re probably wondering “how do I know when it’s time to report my plant?” In this blog post, we thought we’d share 5 giveaway signs it’s time to repot your plants.
1. Outgrown Roots
Roots are a great indicator if your plant needs repotting. If your plant grows roots that are protruding from the topsoil it’s a clear sign to repot. The growth you see above the soil is probably because it has outgrown the space below. If you can turn your plant upside down and see roots growing out of the drainage holes, it is definitely time to repot your plant. Simply put, the plant is searching for more real estate.
A robust root system will outgrow the pot over time and try to expand. Overgrown roots can lead to many issues, but can easily be solved by going up a pot size.
2. Slowed Growth
When plants are overwhelmed with their planter size, growth will halt or completely slow down drastically. You have to be somewhat familiar with the typical growth pattern of your plant to best determine whether your plant’s growth has slowed. For example, my maranta prayer plant consistently puts out a few new leaves a week. If I notice that a number of leaves drop to one or none, I would consider repotting it.
3. Yellowing Leaves
This is another indicator that has to rule out other issues as well. Yellowing leaves can be the result of too much sun or water or the plant needs a size appropriate planter. This does not always mean that you need to go up a size, it might mean that the plant is overwhelmed and needs to go down a size. If you repot a plant in a large planter and the leaves are still yellowing weeks afterwards, then maybe the planter is too big.
If your plant’s leaves have lost their lustre or most leaves are constantly wilting check for other reasons leaves could be wilting. Some times leaves will wilt if:
- They are sitting in wet soil for too long
- They are under-watered
If you have concluded these are not the issue, try repotting your plant in new soil to help trigger regrowth.
5. Top Heavy Plants
A top heavy pot plant means your plant has physically outgrown its current home. You can give them a little support to help keep them but if your plant keeps falling over it may also be a sign to repot your plant.
Everyone loves to see great looking healthy plants, they make you feel good, they clean the air, all great reasons to repot your plants.
Repotting plants is one of the tasks we can assist with as part of our garden maintenance service. If you need a hand with staying on top of your home’s lawn or we can help! Visit our gardening page for more information about our gardening services or call us on (07) 5551 0111 we’d love to hear from you.
Here’s an example of Your Helpers Home Services helping bring this balcony back to life for a client. The plants were needing some TLC so our gardener came back with new soil, plant food and pots and re-potted these plants giving them new life. The beautiful view is green and lush again.