How to Transfer a Plant to Another Hanging Container


Transferring a plant from one hanging container to another requires forethought and effort. You must determine the reason your plants needs to be transplanted. Transfer hanging plants to another hanging container if their roots become bound (this happens when roots do not have enough room to grow), the original container has developed leaks, or you wish to divide and propagate new plants. Knowing the reason that a plant needs to be transplanted will help you to determine what size pot to use.

Step 1

Remove the plant from the original container. Insert your finger gently into the center of the root ball to check for roots.

Step 2

Remove all soil from the roots if there are no roots in the center. Shake the plant gently or place roots under a gentle stream of lukewarm water.

Step 3

Loosen the exterior roots from the soil, if roots are present in the center of the root ball. Do this using your fingers to avoid breaking and damaging the roots.

Step 4

Line the bottom of the new container with small pebbles to improve drainage. The layer should be 1-2 inches thick.

Step 5

Moisten the potting soil. Add a layer to the container to bring the plant to the same height it was in the original container. Place the plant into the container and continue to add potting soil mixing it into and around the roots. Fill the container with soil leaving 1/2 inch of space from the top edge.

Step 6

Water the plant thoroughly. Add additional potting soil to counterbalance settling.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging container
  • Small pebbles
  • Potting soil


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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.