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Repotting Houseplants

When actively growing houseplants outgrow their containers, it's time for repotting.

You'll need some sterile potting mix and a pot or container that's a few inches larger than the old one. Slide the plant out of its old pot and inspect the roots. If they're tangled or circling, use your fingers to loosen them.

Put some potting mix in the bottom of the new pot, and position the plant so that the soil line is one inch below the edge. Add more potting mix around the rootball, pressing lightly on the soil to eliminate any large air pockets. Finally, water the plant well.

Plants that aren't rootbound can also benefit from repotting. Just use the original container instead of a larger one, and swap out the old potting media for fresh.

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