How to determine if houseplants need to be repotted

By Andrii MaistrenkoApr 30, 2024 09:08 AMGarden
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How to determine if houseplants need to be repotted
How to determine if houseplants need to be repotted. Source: mulhalls.com

Indoor plants that need to be transplanted show different signs. SSPDaily talked about the main ones, such as changes in growth, difficulties with watering and external indicators on the plant itself.

Changes in growth

When the growth of a plant slows down noticeably and the new leaves are smaller than the old ones, this may be a sign that a transplant is needed. In addition, if the roots begin to grow from the bottom of the pot, making the plant feel cramped, this is a clear sign that it needs more space. If the plant begins to lean to one side or looks overwhelmed from above, this is also a possible sign that it needs a larger pot.

Difficulties with watering

When water flows quickly through the pot without staying in the soil, it may indicate that the roots have taken up too much space and the limited amount of soil that remains cannot hold enough moisture. If the soil remains consistently wet and the roots of the plant begin to turn brown or look rotten, this may be a symptom of insufficient drainage due to limited space in the pot.

Physical signs on the plant

When the plant becomes cramped, the roots press against the walls of the pot or it starts to grow but looks weak. An unhealthy appearance, despite sufficient water and sunlight, may indicate that the plant's root system is experiencing difficulties due to the limited space in the pot. In addition, an earthy or musty odor coming from the soil may indicate root rot, which may be the result of the plant outgrowing its pot.

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