These days your plants have been looking out windows for several cold months, wondering when spring will arrive. If you transplant them into larger pots, you allow for their new spring growth. Here are some tips for transplanting.

First, choose a container that is at least 50% larger than the one your plant is in.


Second, select a good potting soil. We use and recommend Fafard soil and Neil Sperry's soil. Their combination of ingredients promotes the right balance of drainage and water retention for containers in North Texas. Potting soils vary, and too many people cut corners here. For any planter there is no better investment than good soil. Otherwise, plants will suffer and may need to be replaced soon.


Third, remove the pot from your plant. Never pull a plant out of a pot. Instead, gently squeeze the pot to release it from the soil root ball. With a hard-sided pot, gently work your fingers through the foliage until they contact the soil. Using both hands, turn the pot upside down, let the plant slide out, and set it aside.


Fourth, use your old pot as a mold for your plant's new location. Set the old pot in the new one and add soil under and around it as needed to bring the top of the mold-pot level with the top of the new one. Gently shake your new pot to cause the soil to settle in around the mold pot. Lightly press the soil with your fingers. You can also turn the mold pot clockwise then counterclockwise to firm up the soil. This process works for pots of all shapes and sizes.


Fifth, remove the mold pot, and plop your plant into a perfectly shaped hole for its soil ball.


Happy Transplanting!