Repotting your plant

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Plants need space to live and thrive - eventually, their pot may become too small for them.


  • It’s wobbly, pale and has stopped growing

  • Roots have started to grow out of the drainage holes in the bottom

  • It’s nose-heavy and easily falls down

  • Water runs straight through the pot when watering it - without really making the soil wet


Firstly, carefully dig up your plant from the pot - be as gentle as you can. You should try to remove as much of the old soil from your plant as possible.

Repot your plant in a pot with holes to ensure that your plant gets good drainage. Also make sure to use a recommended soil for your plant - each plant is better suited to some soil types than others. You can check this in your plant’s Info.

Then, just keep watering following Planta’s care schedule as normal. Remember that repotting can be stressful for a plant, so it may take some time for it to adjust to the change.


  1. Water the plant Water your plant to loosen up the soil from the pot.

  2. Remove the pot Gently take hold of the plant and start to loosen the pot, avoiding pulling on the trunk or branches. If it’s hard to get the pot to come off, try to cut the soil lose from the edges of the pot with a small knife. You can also gently tap on the outside of the pot with a tool or on the bench.

  3. Prune the roots Do a root control and remove anything that looks dead, moldy or rotten. If both the soil and the roots look healthy, avoid touching the root ball, as it causes stress to the plant. If there are thick roots that are coiled up, loosen these with your fingers or cut them off.

    If you’re using the same pot again, shake the soil off from the plant and cut away about 25% of the roots. This will help the plant stay fresh and small enough to continue living in the same pot.

  4. Clean the pot Make sure the new pot is clean from old soil. Wash it with soap, rinse well and pat dry. If you use a dirty container when repotting your plant, there’s a risk that microorganisms are alive in the old soil, which can infect your plant.

  5. Pour soil in the bottom of the pot Add soil to the bottom of the pot. Make sure that you put down the right amount - the root ball should be placed a few inches under the edge of the pot - if you place it too high your pot will overflow when watering.

  6. Put down the plant Place the plant on the soil and check that it’s centered before you start adding more soil.

  7. Add soil Add soil around the plant: gently tap it with your fingers to make it firm and check that your plant is not planted deeper than it was before.

  8. Water Water the plant until water starts to exit through the drainage holes.

  9. More soil? Sometimes you need to add more soil after watering the plant. Make sure that your plant has enough soil around its roots before you are done.


CAN I USE THE SAME POT AGAIN? Yes, this is absolutely okay. If you don’t want your plant to grow that much bigger, or if you just don’t have the room for a bigger pot. However, if your plant had issues with fungus, make sure to thoroughly clean the pot before re-using it.

I BOUGHT A NICE POT, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE DRAINAGE HOLES Put your plant in a plastic pot with drainage first, and then place this in the nice pot without holes.

WHAT SOIL SHOULD I USE? It depends on the plant - but make sure to check this in the plant Info in the app.