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Repotting Houseplants in the Winter

Winter is a great time to repot houseplants.

Plants like to be potted up into larger pots as they grow. Larger pots allow for more soil to nourish the root systems. Plants that have grown in pots for years can become root bound which can lead to a plants’ demise. Repotting houseplants in the winter gives the avid gardener a chance to keep their thumbs green instead of frost bitten!
A sign that your plant needs repotting is if you see roots on the surface of your pots or roots growing out of the drainage holes at the bottom of your pots. Slow growth can also be a sign that your plants have become root bound. Check to see if the roots are coiling around the outside of its pot, if they are coiling it is time to re-pot your plant.

Many indoor plants like to be repotted prior to a new growing season which is another reason to repot now before the spring season. Meadows Farms and the Great Big Greenhouse stock pottery from around the globe. We receive early shipments in the winter so selection is at its peak.

When choosing a pot make sure it is complimentary to the d├ęcor in your home and the size is appropriate for your plant. Do not oversize pots when repotting. A good rule of thumb is to increase the size of the existing pot by two inches. If the new pot is too big it can hold extra water and cause rotting of the roots. Make sure the pots has drainage holes to allow water to flow through the soil,
to protect your carpet or hardwood floors select a saucer to that compliments the new pot.

Use a premium potting soil mix enhanced with fertilizer as the planting medium. 
Jolly Gardener is a great product for most indoor plants.

Use the following tips to make repotting easy:

1. Remove plant from existing pot. You may have to slide a knife or trowel along the side of the pot to loosen plant.

2. If the roots are coiled, pull them apart or prune them if they are extremely root
bound.

3. Add soil to the bottom of the new pot, center the plant and add premium potting
soil around to fill the pot.

4. Water thoroughly to moisten the roots and settle the soil.

It is not unusual for the plant to go into shock after repotting. Try to keep the plant out of
direct sunlight for a few weeks and keep the soil evenly moist while the plant recovers.