Repotting your houseplants in 4 easy steps with Seramis
Take a new, slightly larger pot and partially fill the bottom with a layer of SERAMIS potting mix. Use enough mix so that when the plant is placed on top, it will be at the right height relative to the top of the pot.
Gently remove the plant from its current pot by turning the pot upside down and gently tapping it. If the plant refuses to come out, try sliding a sharp, clean knife carefully around the inside of the pot, making sure you don’t damage the root ball. Carefully remove the old soil or potting mix from the roots, using your fingers to loosen the roots. You will not be able to get rid of all the old soil or potting mix, but do not worry about that. Trim off any dead roots, and prune the healthy roots back so you will stimulate new growth. Always use very clean garden scissors or shears to trim and avoid any possible infection to the roots.
Place the plant in the pot and fill around the plant with SERAMIS Potting Mix, gently tapping the pot to settle the mixture until it just covers the roots and using your fingers to level the granulate and ensure it has got into all the gaps in and around the root ball.
Water the plant.
If you are using a closed pot with no drainage holes, you can add up to around one quarter of the volume of the pot in water. This may feel like a lot, but the SERAMIS clay granules will quickly soak up the water and hold it in their highly porous clay granules, releasing it to the plant’s roots when needed.
If you are using an open pot with drainage holes, make sure you use a tray or dish under the pot, or stand the open pot in a closed, decorative container. Initially you will see the water flow out of the open pot, but then slowly be soaked up because of the strong capillary attraction in the SERAMIS clay granules.
When should you repot houseplants?
You should repot your house plants regularly, every 12 months or so, as plants that have been kept in the same pot for a long time may become pot bound and start to show signs of limited new growth.
You can easily tell if your house plant has become pot bound as you may see the roots starting to grow out through the holes in the pot, or you may notice that the growth has become sluggish.
It also does not hurt to re-pot your plants on a more regular basis such as once per year, in order to give them fresh potting media and a slightly bigger pot, allowing your plants to thrive in their new environment.
Re-potting allows the roots room to grow and expand, bringing new vigour to your plant and ensuring healthy leaves and long lasting vibrant flowers. It’s good to do this at the beginning of a period of active growth – so early spring is ideal.
Plants that typically bloom in winter should be potted after their dormant period – usually early fall.
Large or slow growing indoor plants can be re-potted every 2 years.
Re-potting is usually done to move the plant into a bigger pot and allow for more growth, but also it might also need to be done because the substrate has compacted and is preventing air getting to the roots. With SERAMIS potting mix, this compaction does not happen as its unique clay granules are extremely durable, meaning that it maintains its structure over many years.
If you want your house plant to stay about the same size, you should still repot regularly in order to refresh the potting mix. However, when you repot, trim the roots back about 1 inch (using clean, sharp garden scissors or shears) and put it back in the same pot but with new potting mix.
Water your house plant a few days before you re-pot, so that the roots are smooth and flexible and so won’t be prone to breaking or damage and you won’t stress the plant as much when you transplant it.
Choosing the right potting mix for more beautiful, healthy house plants.
Seramis® Special Clay granulate is specially developed to provide the ideal potting mix for all your indoor plants.
SERAMIS® is a range of products, containing our unique, pure and natural clay granulate, and is truly the best way to care for all your house plants. The special clay granules have exceptional ability to store water and nutrients, releasing them to the plant’s roots as needed and providing the right amount of moisture without saturating the roots. Roots stay healthy, plump and alive, and over watering is prevented. The specially developed SERAMIS® Plant Food provides your house plant with the correct nourishment and a balanced supply of nutrients needed for strong leaves and vibrant blooms – every time you water.
SERAMIS potting mix provides the following benefits and as such, you should re-pot all your indoor plants every 12-18months for healthy, beautiful plants:
Optimum moisture, held in the highly porous SERAMIS clay granulate, whilst preventing water-logging the roots
Loose open structure that provides essential oxygen supply to the roots
Balanced nutrient supply with the SERAMIS Plant Food