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How to Repot a Plant

Repotting a plant is a simple task when you know all the right steps. Whenever a plant outgrows its container, it should be replanted in a new pot.


  • Step 1: Before transplanting a plant into a new pot, even out its shape by trimming away any excess growth around the top of the plant.
  • TIP: Transfer your plants outside, or lay down a tarp or sheet so that you can easily clean up excess soil.
  • Step 2: Sterilize the new container by using rubbing alcohol to avoid the spread of any disease. Once it's dry, fill about one-third of it with potting soil.
  • TIP: It isn't always necessary to buy new containers. Old containers may fit a different plant. Just be sure to sterilize them first.
  • Step 3: While holding the plant at the base of the stem with one hand, use your other hand to tip the old container upside down. Make sure to support the soil surrounding the plant as you tip it upside down. Tap the bottom and sides of the container to release the plant from it. Once the plant slides out of the container, turn it upright.
  • TIP: Tapping a stick around the edges of the pot can help to loosen the soil and give the plant some breathing room.
  • Step 4: With the plant still in your hand, gently pull away the old soil until only the roots and plant are left in your hand.
  • Step 5: Now place the plant in the new container, filling and packing soil around it until the soil is even and about a half inch from the top of the pot.
  • Step 6: Give the plant a good watering. You're done!
  • FACT: Plant life in the oceans makes up about 85 percent of all the greenery on the Earth.

You Will Need

  • Shears
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Potting soil
  • Plant containers
  • A tarp or sheet (optional)
  • A stick (optional)

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