The summer months are almost upon us and your plants, both in the home and in the garden – are actively growing, so now is the perfect time to get repotting and give your plants a new home.
Houseplants are not only incredibly low maintenance (they only need repotting every 12-18 months) they’ll also add some natural beauty into your home AND studies have shown they can provide lots of fantastic health benefits.
Potted plants in the garden can give a pop of colour or interest in areas that are looking a bit bare, with the added benefit of being able to be moved around if you want a change of scenery.
If you’re new to repotting plants it can be tricky, so, we’ve put together 5 simple steps for the not-so-green fingered amongst us! It’s time for you to flourish into a gardening guru.
Before you begin with your repotting, you’ll first need the right tools for the job. We would suggest getting a new pot, slightly larger than your previous pot and with drainage holes. A trowel, which will come in handy when you’re filling the pot. A pair of Marigold Extra Tough Outdoor Gloves, which will help from keeping the dirt from getting under your nails. Have a pair of scissors at the ready to cut off excess roots.
2. Be Gentle
Removing the plant from its pot requires you to be as gentle as possible as it’s easy to cause damage to the plant and its roots during this process. Watering the plant before removing it will help to keep it healthy and leave the rootball together. Turn it upside down (if it’s not too big), place your hand over the top, wiggle the pot slightly and let the plant fall out into your hand!
Top tip: Tarpaulins or a plastic dust sheet can be used to lay your plants on to keep them healthy and tidy before their repotting.
3. Keeping Pots Clean
Over the winter months, it’s easy for your garden to get neglected. After the colder months, you’ll likely return to your garden to find that your pots are in need of some serious TLC. Whether you have ceramic or plastic pots outside, they can be made to look as good as new with a little bit of cleaning, using a small amount of washing up liquid and a damp Marigold Oops Away Cloth to wipe away any dirt. This is quick, easy and a lot more sustainable than throwing the pots away.
Top Tip: If your empty terracotta pots are particularly dirty, soak them for 30 minutes to a few hours in a solution of 3 parts water to one part white vinegar. Once soaked, scrub them inside and out using the Marigold Scrunchie Scourer until the dirt and grime is removed. Rinse off any residue. Your pots should now be as good as new.
4. Fresh Soil
When repotting your plants, fresh soil or compost can give it the boost it needs to grow and prosper. Over time soil can become more and more depleted, similar to how we can become after a long stretch of work with little time off…know the feeling? New soil can provide your plant with the nutrients boost it very well needs.
Top Tip: Before placing the new plant in your wonderful clean plant pot, add a base layer of soil as it will allow the roots the space to grow. To keep soil from leaking out the bottom of the pot, cover its drainage hole(s) with a paper towel or coffee filter.
5. Keep a Watchful Eye
Over the next few weeks, make sure you keep a watchful eye on your plants and give them a little extra love than normal. Remember to water frequently to help the plant adjust to its new home. Try your best to keep your plants away from direct sunlight as they’re more sensitive during this period. With large outdoor pots, try to relocate them to a slightly more shaded area of the garden.
Top Tip: Don’t fertilize a newly repotted plant for at least a month. Its roots have likely been cut and can suffer from fertilizer burn.
Sit back and enjoy
Hopefully, these tips can help make your repotting experience a little bit easier. We all know the cycle of plants losing the will to live and having to revitalise them when spring arrives again, but, maybe this time, let’s give them a little more love.
Now that your plants are looking blooming lovely for Summer, you can sit back and admire your garden. It’s also a great excuse to invite your friends around for a barbeque!
Make sure your BBQ is gleaming and ready to cook with the help of the Marigold BBQ Cleaning Bundle.