To do in February: repot your houseplant

To do in February: repot your houseplant

A lovely weekend job for in February is to repot your houseplants. If you repot your houseplants in this month, they can start fresh and cheerful to the new growing season. But how do you do that? And what about plants that are old and worn? Or worse, what about plants that you are tired of? Here are some tips & tricks.

Repotting

Repotting makes your plant grow. You give him fresh potting soil, which provides him with a boost of nutrients. So he can do it again, and you do not have to give plant food for the first weeks or months (depending on the quality of the soil). In addition, he has more soil in his new pot and therefore a larger water buffer. Finally, fresh ground is lighter than the old one, which gives the roots a little more breathing space. Just what a plant needs after a long, dark winter.

Repotting is not difficult. Certainly not with these tips:

  • Choose a pot that is 2 to 3 cm larger than your old one (in diameter). Is your plant already a bit older and has not it been potted for several years? Then choose a pot that is 5 to 6 cm larger.
  • Cover the bottom with pot shards and sprinkle a layer of hydro granules over it. This ensures that the excess water can drain away quickly, without flushing away soil.
  • Spoon a layer of potting soil over the grains. Place your plant there. The top of the root ball should now remain 1 to 2 cm below the edge of your pot.
  • Fill the pot with potting soil and press gently.
  • Give a generous portion of water.

When the plant can no longer be saved

Is your plant old and worn, have you tried different things to save him with for example repotting, moving or resting? But it does not help anymore? Then it is time to say goodbye to your houseplant. That is not bad; plants wear out. And when it's time to go, you better not stretch the farewell longer than necessary. Nobody benefits from that. So throw your plant at the green waste, and buy yourself a new one at Aylings Garden Centre in Petersfield.