Should I Re-Pot New My Plant?


A botany expert repotting a new ZZ houseplant.

Whether or not to re-pot can depend on a number of factors. With new plants, it can be a good idea to think about when it will need a new home, which can aide its growth and help foliage to thrive.

When buying a new plant, it usually arrives in a plastic nursery pot, this is the container it had originally been grown in at a Nursery. It may have been in this pot for some time and has filled it up to its capacity, leaving your plant with a lack of growing space, and soil depleted of nutrients.

A small amount of new potting mix can give your plant a healthy boost and encourage new growth in a nutrient-rich environment.

Indoor plants can be slow growers, they can survive for months in their nursery pot and be quite content with their first home. However for your plant to thrive healthily and continue to flourish, it is recommended that you re-pot it into a slightly larger pot when you first acquire the plant. There are a few reasons for this, and a few signs you can look out for when deciding if it needs a new abode:


A botany expert preparing fresh houseplant soil for repotting her indoor plants.

What Soil Should I Use for my Houseplant?

Your new houseplant may benefit from getting a fresh hit of new soil, which brings with it new nutritional value. Long periods of time in the same pot can mean your plant has used up a lot of the goodness in its soil. This can also mean the soil becomes hard and stops absorbing water, another issue your plant will not appreciate. A small amount of new houseplant potting mix can give your plant a healthy boost and encourage new growth in a nutrient-rich environment.

Sticking to a pot just a few inches larger is ideal and a much more comfortable fit.

What Size Pot is Best?

A general rule for repotting is to go with a pot that is 2-4 inches larger than its current one. This will last a surprising amount of time, and keep your plant happy with a bit more space to move. Opting for a much larger pot is not recommended, reason being, too much space will prove to be overwhelming for your plant. Too much soil can cause it to retain a lot of water, which will inevitably cause the roots to rot - the ultimate nightmare. Sticking to a pot just a few inches larger is ideal and a much more comfortable fit.

A botany expert holding her indoor ZZ office plant that has been repotted.

Should I Choose a Pot with Drainage?

Sometimes plants can be bought already repotted in a decorative pot. This can be a great time-saver, and handy if you don’t have much space in your home for getting messy with soil. The golden rule to remember is that if your decorative pot doesn’t have a drainage hole, it should be prepared with a layer of drainage rocks inside the pot before the soil. This will allow excess water to drain off, and save the roots from sitting in water that could rot them. This is a vital step if you are repotting yourself into a decorative pot with no drainage hole.

 

At Clay we give you the option to buy all of our plants already repotted for you. We carefully resettle your plant into a beautiful bespoke pot with just enough room for your it to keep thriving! Your plant will be given specific potting mix tailored to its requirements, along with a layer of Clay rocks at the bottom, which retain excess water, and give it back when your plant needs it most. We think it’s important to give your plant the best start to life in its new home, in a contemporary and stylish pot.



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