If you have indoor potted plants that you’ve been caring for, you’re likely committed to keeping them in great shape. However, there may come a time when you decide that you want to transplant indoor plants outdoors. Sometimes, this process can be more involved than you might have bargained for. But with a little bit of attention to detail and some tender loving care, you’ll be able to ensure that you transition your plants without harming them.
In order to do just that, we’ll cover some of the most important tips that you need to know.
Transplanting Plants in Summer
Generally speaking, during the summer, you can improve the health and appearance of your indoor plants by moving them outdoors where they’ll have access to lots of sunlight. However, as beneficial as the sun can be, the heat can also pose challenges on those extra hot summer days.
It’s important to recognize that the summer sun is going to dry out your plants much quicker than when they were indoors. As a result, you’ll need to increase your watering habits. At the very least, you should be watering daily. However, on hot days, you may even need to water twice. You should pay attention to how much water your plants are receiving from Mother Nature.
On that same note, it’s important to recognize that a planter without drainage is going to be potentially harmful to your plant. A lot of times when homeowners transplant indoor plants they don’t switch the container. But, accumulating rainwater in a pot that does not drain is going to drown your plants.
How to Repot a Plant
As we just mentioned, the container that your plant has been in during its indoor time might not be best suited to the outdoors. Whether it doesn’t drain, it’s become too small, or you just want to move your plant to something else, you might be looking for some tips on how to repot a plant.
Here are a few important considerations:
Choose a bigger pot for plants that are actively growing.
Before removing the plant from its current pot, gently water it to help it easily slide out.
Avoid pulling on the stem of the plant. If necessary, try tapping the plant’s container on the counter or using a butter knife to loosen the soil around the pot’s edge.
Once you get the plant out, inspect the soil. If it is in good shape, reuse it. If it is rotted at all, try to shake away some of the excess but bear in mind that removing its existing soil puts added stress on the plant.
Keep an eye on how much sunlight your plant is getting—you don’t want it to dry out. If it is receiving too much direct sunlight, you may want to move it into the shade. Even the darkest shade outdoors is still brighter than a bright window indoors. Because of this, your plant may even begin to perform better than before.
Caring for your Transplanted Plants
Whether you’ve transferred an indoor potted plant into the ground outside or you’ve transplanted it into a larger outdoor container, keep in mind that your plant is going to need some time to recover. Most often, it takes a plant between three and four weeks to recover from being transplanted.
During that time, make sure that you are watering your plant regularly and keeping a close eye on it. With some attention, your plant should be thriving in its new environment in no time.
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