Rejuvenate your hanging plant

Rejuvenate your hanging plant

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Have your plant become leggy or bald on top. Does the vines have long stems but barely any leaves anymore? Rejuvenating a plant is an essential step in maintaining its health and longevity. When a plant reaches its full potential and then begins to deteriorate due to age or environmental issues, such as a lack of light, old soil, being root-bound or due to the winter blues, it's time for rejuvenation.

Check the soil and roots

The first step in rejuvenating a plant is repotting if necessary. But if the soil and pot size are still good, this step can be skipped and you can move on to the next step: pruning the plant.

However, if the plant needs repotting, follow these steps:

  1. Loosen up the soil and the root ball and remove as much of the old soil as possible.

  2. If the plant is root-bound, untangle the roots carefully. You can trim them lightly if necessary.

  3. Repot the plant in a pot with drainage holes, using a suitable soil for your plant that doesn't retain too much water or become too compact. It's important to not choose a pot that is too big for the plant.

- You can always find all the recommended soil types for your plants in the plant info section in Planta.

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Prune the plant

The next step is to prune back the plant to about 1/3 or 1/2 of its current size. You can use all the cuttings for propagation, which can be used to create new plants or to fill out the mother plant. The pruning will encourage the mother plant to start growing, branch out, and become more bushy.

It's worth noting that pruning and repotting is best done in the spring or summer when the plant is actively growing. And always be sure to monitor the watering and light needs of the plant to ensure it is not over or under-watered.

If your plant wasn't starting to deteriorate due to age you might need to correct your care regime or supply it with better growing conditions to promote better growth now when it's gotten rejuvenated. The most commons causes for a leggy, bald and/or deteriorating vining plant are these:

  • Lacking sufficient light

  • Uneven light exposure (A common issue for plant in hanging pots where the top part barely receives any light)

  • Excessive drought

  • Overwatering

  • Becoming root-bound

  • Old soil


In conclusion, rejuvenating a plant is a simple process that can make a big difference in the health and appearance of your plant. With a little care and attention, you can give your plant a new lease on life and enjoy its beauty for years to come.