It’s time. Well, it’s beyond time.
As you can see, my snake plant roots are literally busting out of the pot. A cry for help…
I’ve had this plant for 4 years. And it was big when I bought it. So I shouldn’t be surprised that it needs repotting. But I’m frankly surprised I didn’t hear an explosion on my screened porch. Or at least a creepy ripping sound. When the roots of your plant can break through a grower’s pot, you know they seriously want to be elsewhere. Like in new soil. In a larger pot.
When you drop a grower’s pot into a larger decorative pot, you don’t often pull it back out again and inspect it. But you should. In my case, it wasn’t until rain was in the forecast and I decided to take all my houseplants outside for a shower. When I lifted my plant from its decorative container I saw that my snake plant was angling for a repotting.
Snake plants are so easy to grow, and so forgiving, that I didn’t see the signs that the plant might needed repotting. Because the plant looks so great. But for other plants, you may see these signs that they need an upgrade to a larger container:
--Are the roots growing out of the drainage holes?
--Does water run right through the pot and out the drainage holes when you water?
-- Does your plant wilt quickly after you water it?
If you see signs that your plant (like mine) needs repotting, here are some easy steps.
Written by Karen Weir-Jimerson