How To Re-Pot Plants in 5 Simple Steps
First of all you need to take the plant out of the container; this step needs to be executed delicately as we do not want to damage any part of the plant. Any damage at this stage may jeopardize the success of the process. Once the plant is extracted from its original pot let it sit for a few hours some place out of direct sun this will prevent any moistening form the original packet to dry out. You will then need to disentangle the root mesh carefully either by using your own fingers or you might want to use a fork. We cannot stress enough the carefulness that this part requires, do not pull the plant out in any way, it may take some time but it will surely pay off.
Preparing the roots is a fundamental step, check out if you root mesh has any dead roots and cut them off. Prepare the new pot, please bear in mind that when transplanting it is normally recommended to only change pots into the next size. If you jump into a new pot which doubles the size of the original one you will decrease the plants growth.
Once you have decided which the new pot you want is, insert a mesh into the draining hole to prevent that water rushes out quickly and that soil escapes. Applying the mesh or a small stone is entirely up to you, as well as not placing anything in it. Once you have decided you will need to put in it new soil.
Now we have the new pot ready we will need to introduce the plant in it, please bear in mind as a reference how deep the plant was in its original pot. You will want to approximately maintain this depth in order to provide the plant with a good adaptation to its new pot.
Press with your fingers the soil to achieve a certain level of compaction and assemble into the new pot. Finally you can apply any kind of topping of your preference; the top dressing can be something brilliant and fun or a straightforward rock.
Once your plant is potted and the top dressing is in place, leave it for 1-2 days before watering. This will give the roots time to heal before they start soaking up water and helps prevent root rot.