6 Easy Steps to Re-Pot a Houseplant
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Gather your materials and tools – basic potting soil, a new pot, rocks for drainage, and a paper towel or coffee filter. I like to do my re-potting outside where it doesn’t matter if I make a mess. Of course you can do this inside too, if you’re not as messy as I am.
Step 1: Cover the Drainage Hole
Your pot should have at least one drainage hole in the bottom, so that extra water can run out. You need to cover this hole (or holes) so that your potting soil doesn’t fall out of the pot. You could use a piece of cloth, a coffee filter, or a large rock. I like to use both a paper towel and a large rock.
Step 2: Add Rocks for Drainage
Step 3: Add Potting Soil
Step 4: Loosen Rootball, Place on Soil
Step 5: Cover Roots with Soil
Step 6: Water Thoroughly
Optional Step: Trim long vines
Step 1: Prepare Soil in Container(s)
Put your soil into the container, and press firmly but don’t over-pack it.
Step 2: Trim Cutting
Step 3: Dip Cutting in Rooting Powder
Step 4: Place Stem in Soil
Step 5: Water Thoroughly
- Philodendron cuttings like this one can be rooted in a glass of water, then transplanted into soil, eliminating the need for rooting powder. The roots won’t be as strong that way, but this plant is pretty hearty and it will work.
- Another method is to lay the vine across a container of soil and allow the root nodes to take root in that other container. Once established, you can trim the two plants apart from each other. Philodendrons are ground cover and climbing vines in nature, and they are very good at their job — I’ve seen a philodendron vine take root on the dry cloth fabric of an office cubical wall!