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Transplanting Indoor Plants into a Larger Container

Stunted growth, roots growing out of the drainage holes and water passing quickly through the root filled soil are just a few clues your houseplants may need a bigger home. And, if the pot is filled with roots, you know it’s time to make the move.

Select a container with drainage holes and only one size, no more than 2 inches, bigger than the existing pot. Making the leap to a much larger container can lead to root rot.

Slide the plant out of its current pot. Gently loosen or tease apart any circling roots to encourage them to expand into the fresh potting mix.

Set the plant in the container so it is growing at the same depth as before. Fill with fresh potting mix similar to the original mix. Water thoroughly to remove air pockets and adjust your watering schedule as needed. The additional soil will hold water longer.

A bit more information: Avoid disappearing soil syndrome. Place a piece of floral foam (the soft material florists use for arranging flowers) in the drainage hole. This material allows water to pass through but keeps the soil inside the pot.

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