Many times, we bring our plants home and give them light, water and space to grow – but sometimes that isn’t enough.  

Your plant may be outgrowing its current home and need a larger, or just fresher space! 

So, how do you know when it’s time to repot your leafy friends? We’re here to help with that. 

Pots are a wonderful thing. They allow us to move our plant from one place to another easily and without hassle. They also allow us to bring home plants that may not be native to our area. But just because your plant came home in a certain pot doesn’t mean that’s the best place for it to thrive for the rest of its life.  

4 signs your plant needs a new pot


1.  Stunted or slowed growth


We all love to watch our plants grow but if you’ve noticed that yours has stopped or significantly slowed down, it could be time for a new home. What’s the reason behind this? Your plant’s roots simply need more space to expand and thrive. 


2. Roots growing out of the pot


When roots start to peak out, it’s time to take a good look at your plant. If you remove the entire plant and potting media from the plastic grower pot – you can see how they’re filling the space. If you notice the roots are circling each other, once again, they just need more space to grow.  


3.  Fungi or insects


If your roots are holding strong within the pot they’re in, space may not be the issue here. Potting mixes are made of organic materials, which means they can fall victim to microorganisms and insects that like to feed on decaying matter. These are called saprophytes. Mushrooms, snowy mold and fungus gnats, are examples of saprophytes. A fresh pot or new potting media can really help your plant feel refreshed. 


4. Yellowing leaves


There are many reasons why some of the leaves on your greenery aren’t so green anymore. It could be root decay from overwatering, lack of nutrients or even issues with the growing conditions. If you look at your plant and the lower leaves, which are the oldest, have a yellow tint to them, it’s time to repot. When plants are root bound, meaning the roots compete for what they need, the plant can suffer. Try moving your plant to a new, slightly larger pot and watch it thrive.