How to Replant Potted Plants


Potted plants of every shape, size and color allow you to enjoy a natural setting indoors throughout the year. Adding plants enhances interior decor, and many plants purify the air as well. Caring for potted plants requires repotting or replanting when they outgrow their containers, which can occur yearly for fast-growing plants or every two to three years for slow-growing ones.

Step 1

Replant container plants in the spring or summer months during their growing season.

Step 2

Obtain pots for replanting that are one size larger, or 1 or 2 inches bigger in diameter, than the current pot. Always use containers, planters or pots with drainage holes.

Step 3

Cover the pot's drainage holes with paper towels to hold the soil in. Fill the pot with a few inches of top-quality potting soil.

Step 4

Remove the plant from the container and inspect the root system. Cut off any damaged or frail roots and make three or more vertical cuts in the root ball if the roots are tightly bound.

Step 5

Add (or remove) growing media to the new pot until the crown of the plant's root ball is within an inch of the top. Fill the area around the repotted plant with soil and lightly press with your fingers to firm the soil.

Step 6

Saturate the new pot with water until it comes out of the bottom. Repeat watering as needed to moisten the soil and settle it around roots of plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Paper towels
  • Hand trowel
  • Top-quality potting soil
  • Knife


  • Clemson University: Indoor Plants--Transplanting & Repotting
  • University of Illinois: Repotting Houseplants
  • Texas A&M University: Media, Repotting & Containers

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