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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature, Houseplants, Gardening and Plant Care

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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How to Repot Houseplants

• 41 min

Do you know that repotting and potting up mean different things? As our houseplants grow happily under our care, eventually they will outgrow their current pots. Determining whether your plant needs to simply have its soil refreshed (repotting) or be shifted to a larger container (potting up) can be challenging for new plant parents. In this episode, I will walk you through when to pot up versus repot, proper techniques for both, tips to avoid issues, and how to turn repotting into an uplifting self-care ritual by really tuning into your plants' needs and creating an environment that allows them to thrive. In this episode, we learn:[02:30] Things I learned about repotting in the last couple of years[03:34] Some personal plant care routines[04:59] Do some spring cleaning![06:28] Repotting vs potting up vs potting up water-rooted cuttings[09:04] Some rules to remember in potting up[10:43] Do the two-inch “bump up” rule when potting up[11:59] When should you pot up?[13:08] What is repotting and why is it important?[14:36] How do you repot a plant?[15:03] Get stylish, minimalist grow lights your plants will love with Soltech![17:16] Give your plants the love they deserve with Espoma's organic, eco-friendly potting mixes![19:08] Common mistake people make when repotting/potting up[19:30] How do you pot up water-rooted cuttings?[21:02] General steps for repotting/potting up/potting up water-rooted cuttings[27:31] The best time to repot or pot up houseplants[29:05] Why you should not pot your houseplants in dirt from outside[32:00] Make sure that you saturate the soil![32:35] Pay attention to the type of container or pot you are using[34:08] Use repotting as an opportunity for mindfulness[37:16] A letter to my pepper plant going into transplant shock Mentioned in our conversation:How to Repot Plants // A Step By Step GuideGrowing Joy Ep 182: Spring Houseplant CareGrowing Joy Ep 192: How To Overcome Burnout Through The Healing Power Of NatureGrowing Joy Ep 200: Common Houseplant Pest Identification And How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats, Spidermites, Scale, White Flies And Mealybugs: Grow BetterPotting Soil Mix by Espoma OrganicCactus Potting Soil Mix by Espoma OrganicAfrican Violet Potting Soil Mix by Espoma OrganicOrchid Mix - Coarse Bark Mix by Espoma Organic For repotting dos and don'ts,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsors:Soltech SolutionsWith shorter days and colder days upon us, ensure your plants are getting enough light indoors! Soltech Solutions offers grow lights with full-spectrum white light that mimics the sun to keep your plants happy and healthy: whether you are looking for a pendant light, track lighting, or a simple bulb to screw into any standard light fixture, Soltech has got you covered. They offer quality products with great customer service, free shipping, and a multi-year warranty. Keep the sun shining and the plants green inside your home with Soltech Solutions. Check them out at and get 15% off with code "bloom15". Espoma OrganicIf you want plants that thrive, set them up for success with high-quality soil, fertilizer, potting mix and more! Espoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To top it all off, they have a huge sustainability commitment with a 100% solar-powered plant, zero waste manufacturing, and eco-friendly packaging. Visit to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront. Follow Maria and Growing Joy: Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-wee

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