Repotting plants - the right way!

2015-12-18 16:13:00 /

Flower pots are a great way of providing variety to terraces and gardens - barren concrete is turned into a small, green oasis. Once set up and planted, owners can enjoy their plant pots for a long time, without having to do much more than occasionally water the plants. However, if pots remain waterlogging for a long time, or if the root ball becomes matted, they should be repotted immediately. This is the only way to prevent plants being damaged by rot. Repotting is also necessary if plants “outgrow” their pot. 

As a rule, plants should only be repotted in autumn or in spring, because at these times of year the plant growth is disturbed the least. While new plants should be repotted and given fresh soil every year for the first 3 to 5 years, these intervals can later be extended to up to 5 years. It is important to observe some basic rules when repotting - regardless of the type of plant pot you are using.

  1. The size of the plant pot should be appropriate for the size of the plant, in terms of plant height and root ball size.
  2. When being used in outdoor areas, plant pots should have one or more holes in the bottom - to prevent waterlogging, rot and frost damage.
  3. In sheltered indoor areas, holes are not necessary - here you can instead use hydro pearls, clay granules or expanded clay. This regulates the moisture level in the pot.
  4. If you like to move your plants, you can either use pots or troughs with integrated rollers or place your pots on roller trolleys.
  5. The amount of soil, substrates, the level of filling and the watering intervals should be adapted to each plant’s needs. This is easily done by asking when you buy the plant or carrying out a quick Internet search. 

If you follow the guidelines, your flower pots should provide you with years of joy.