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.

You will need

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

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.

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.

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.

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!