How to replant right and in time

From March on indoor plants start to develop new growth. This is a signal to replant them in fresh soil and in a bigger pot.

Further indications to replant

  • the soil is nearly full with roots,
  • the root ball has moved up so high
    that it does not take any more water,
  • the soil smells acidically,
  • the plants’ roots start to rot.

Fresh soil helps growth.

How often do you have to replant?

It is necessary to replant quick growing plants, as Spider plants and Cape Stock-Roses every year.
For slow growing plants, like Myrtles, Kalanchoes, small leaved Ficus or bigger older plants, replanting every 2 to 3 years is sufficient.
Some can even stay longer without repotting, e.g. Sanseveria or the similar Succulents.
Palm trees also do not like to be replanted. A change of the upper soil would be enough.

Effective replanting hints

1 Water the plant well some hours before replanting. Remove from the old pot.
2 Turn the grower’s pot upside down. Shake it or even cut it up if the plant is stuck, in order to get the plant out. Remove the upper soil layer.
3 Remove morbid roots and widen the dense root ball with a stick.
4 The appearance of the roots is an indication for the plants health. White, healthy roots at the end of the root ball indicate a healthy plant, ready to replant in a bigger pot.
5 Place a sherd in the plastic or clay pot covering the hole. (Clay pots should be soaked in water for about 24 hours before). Then fill in a layer of sand or gravel of approx. 3cm, followed by the root ball.
6 Finally add soil around the plant and press it together so that no holes remain.
7 It is important to replant the plant at about the same height as before and to keep a 1-2 cm brim for watering.
8 Put the grower’s pot in an appropriate Scheurich cover-pot. The cover-pot should be at least 1cm bigger than the grower’s pot.
9 Water the plant and place it in light, but never expose it to the direct sun.
10 Tips for further care: Water just as much that the soil does not dry out. As soon as new growth develops, proceed care according to individual plant needs.