Is Repotting Your Plants an Absolute Must?

Illustration by @kail_bales

Illustration by @kail_bales

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Did you know that repotting your plants isn’t 100% necessary in most cases? That’s right— it’s optional! After researching and testing what works for best for busy city dwellers, here’s our rundown on considerations for optimal indoor plant health.

  • Room for growth - the main reason to consider repotting is to give your plants room for growth. If you start to see roots growing out the drainage holes or circling around the top, potting up to a larger size will allow your plant to grow taller. If you want your plant to stay the same height and shape, you can keep it in its current pot size.

  • Drainage - all plants need drainage so that their roots don’t stay sitting in soggy soil. The plants we buy for our homes are grown in plastic nursery pots that are already pierced for appropriate draining. Many decorative planters that are designed for indoor use don’t have drainage holes, so it’s not advised to repot directly into these.

  • Staging - the method we’ve found that works best for keeping your plants healthy and your home stylish is this one. You can keep your designer ceramics cleaner and your plant comfortable in its nursery pot by simply matching the two to your desired height and finishing the top with a light cover of moss or pebbles. This reduces the amount of shock your plant experiences as it settles into your home and is easier for health checks and proper watering. 

large-snake.jpg

SNAKE PLANT

A large succulent and thus extremely adaptable and low maintenance – the perfect starter plant. It is also a terrific air purifier, making it a healthy and attractive addition to any indoor space.