How to Replant a Plant

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As house plants grow, they become too big for their containers. But how do you go about replanting?

Planting soil, a plant in need of replanting and a new container to replant the plant in are all that are needed.
(Photos by Tammatha R. Conerly)

Things You'll Need

  • Plant in need of replanting
  • Potting soil
  • Pot container
  • Water
Step 1

Place 2 to 3 inches of planting soil in the bottom of new plant container. Make sure the plant container is big enough to allow your plant to grow.

Place planting soil in bottom of new planting container.
Step 2

Break up any clumps in the soil, then smooth the soil even.

Break up any clumps in the soil.
Step 3

Dig a whole in the center of the soil big enough for the plant to fit into.

Make a hole for the plant to fit into in the new container.
Step 4

Gently take the plant to be replanted out of the old container and place it the center of the new container.

Gently remove plant from old container.
Step 5

Firm the soil around the plant by gently pressing with your hands. Water plant thoroughly and allow excess water to drain.

Gently pat the soil down around the plant.

Tips & Warnings

  • Soil with plant food mixed in is recommended.
  • Containers with holes to allow excess water to drain with a catch pan attached to the bottom allow the water to drain without creating a mess.
  • Make sure the container you get has holes at the bottom to allow excess water to drain. Over-watering a plant can cause it to drown.
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