Plants outgrow their containers when their root systems can’t provide the water and nutrients needed to maintain their growth. Because of this, they can become stunted and their leaves will start to wilt and fall off. In these situations, the solution is to repot your plant, which means you should change your potting mix and planter.

In this article, we will discuss the signs you should look out for before repotting your indoor plants. We will also learn about to repot plants.

Let’s start.

When You Should Repot Your Indoor Plants

Below are signs to look out for to know when to repot your plants.

  • The soil does not retain water
  • It appears to be disintegrating
  • Evident salt and mineral buildup on the topsoil or plant
  • The plant has a slow growth
  • The plant has stunted growth
  • The plant has root rot
  • The plant’s foliage is about thrice the size of the pot
  • The plant is top-heavy and may easily fall over
  • Some plant’s roots become evident at soil level
  • The plant’s roots protrude out of the planter’s drainage holes
  • The plant’s roots wrap themselves in the shape of the pot
  • You haven’t repotted in over a year
  • The roots push the plant up the pot
  • The roots have dense growth when you lift the plant from the pot

Steps to Repotting Your Indoor Plant


  • Potting surfaces like potting tarp, newspaper, or an easy-to-clean surface
  • Larger pot
  • Fresh potting mix or soil
  • Watering can
  • Scissors or sharp knife
  • Water
  • Trowel
  • Lava rocks or similar objects if your pot does not have drainage holes
  • Broken pieces of terracotta or screen to block large drainage holes
  • Gloves (Optional)


  • Remove the plan from its current container

Turn the current pot sideways, gently hold the plant’s leaves or stems, and tap the bottom of the pot until the plant slides out.

Alternatively, turn the pot upside down with your hand covering its top. Twist the plant a few inches to your right and your left. Allow it to fall out.

  • Loosen the roots

After, untangle the plant’s roots with your hand. If your plant is root-bound – the roots grow in the shape of the pot’s base – unbind the roots. Also, prune off extra-long threadlike roots. Then, trim the roots.

  • Replace the potting mix

As your plants grow, they continually remove some of the nutrients in the potting mix. Consequently, you need to replace your old potting mix with fresh ones.

  • Add new potting mix

Pour a layer of fresh soil into your bigger container, ensuring that there are no air pockets. If your pot lacks a drainage hole, put lava rocks at its bottom to create a crevice that will hold excess water away from your plant’s roots. You want to do this before you pour your potting mix into the new pot.

  • Introduce your plant

Carefully center your plant on the fresh potting mix. Add more soil into the pot to properly secure


  • Water the plants

Now that you have your potting mix and plant in the same pot, it is time to water your plants. Make sure you add enough water to your plant.

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