Know When To Repot
Go Up Two Sizes When You Repot
Remove The Plant
Potted plants try to do what other plants do, only with less soil. They want to grow, but they hit a wall. They draw nutrients out, but there's only so much soil. So they can look a little tired. Also, you might want to gaze at a new pot for a change. So put some life back into your potted plants by changing pots, and you'll get more enjoyment from them.
You want to look for compacted roots. Just tilt the plant on its side and loosen the root ball by knocking the rim of the pot against a table. You should be able to pull the plant out just enough to see if the roots are compacted.
If you put your plant into a new pot that's too big, you could over-water it. Your aim is to give the plants a little extra room to grow, but not too much. A pot that's two sizes bigger than your current one should do the trick. Be sure to check for a drainage hole; if there isn't one, you can drill a few holes in the bottom. Wash out the old one with soap and water before you store it, to get rid of harmful bacteria.
After you've loosened the plant, gently pull it out of the pot. Shake off the old potting soil, and check for insects. If the roots are tightly bunched up, slice the roots in several places with a garden knife.
Start off by filling your new pot a third of the way with Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control Potting Mix. Put the plant in, then fill in the sides with more potting mix. Press lightly. You want your plant to be about the same height as it was in the old pot, with at least one inch of space between the top of the soil and the lip of the pot.
Once it is in, soak the plant and let it drain.
Container plants require plenty of water (less for houseplants), so do not miss out on
Clip away old spent and wilted flowers to encourage new growth.