The Q&A Archives: Repotting

Question: I'm planning to repot my house plant (Dumb Cane

Answer: Repotting a houseplant should be straight-forward and relatively simple. Begin by choosing a new pot one or two sizes larger than the current pot. It should have adequate drainage holes in the bottom (a saucer is a nice feature, too). Use fresh potting soil and moisten it before using. Place some potting soil in the bottom of the new pot and then set the old pot on top to measure the finished soil level. You'll want the replanted dieffenbachia to be at the same soil level in the new pot as it was in the old pot. Keep adding soil to the new pot until you're happy with the level. Then turn the old pot on its side and gently remove the plant. If it's stuck, run a knife around the inside of the rim and try prying it out. Don't pull on the plant as you could damage it. A few sharp raps on the bottom of the pot plus a knife run around between the pot and the potting soil should free the rootmass. After sliding the plant out of the old pot, set the root mass in the new pot and fill in around the sides with moistened potting soil. After you've gently tamped it down, water the plant well to help settle the soil. That's all there is to it and your dieffenbachia should be happy in its new home.

Best wishes with your houseplants!

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