Indoor plants are the home decor staple that will never go out of style! They are beautiful, vibrant

elements that can make any room spring to life. But for many, the biggest challenge is caring for them properly to make sure that they thrive in your home.

To help out new plant owners as they begin their plant journey, Redfin reached out to

houseplant experts from across North America to share the most common mistakes beginners make when it comes to indoor plant care. 

Check out the full article that we, along with other houseplant experts, were recently featured in here:

Indoor Plant Care: 19 Common Mistakes Beginners Make

This article includes great tips and tricks for all plant parents, new and experienced. To learn more about our selected 'Plant Mistake', check out our previous blog post on 'How to Repot your Plants'!

Repotting your plants is a necessary step to help them grow and thrive, but if it's done improperly or unnecessarily - it can actually harm your plants! Here are some helpful tips and instructions to walk you through the process.

Not sure when it's time to repot? Check for any roots sneaking up along the top of the soil, or if you are seeing any roots growing out the drainage holes at the bottom of your pot.

Also when watering, if you are noticing the water seems to rush right through the pot, these are signs that your plant is becoming root-bound and needs more room to grow!

Are you checking any of those boxes? Then it's time for a repot!

Here are some helpful guidelines.

  1. You should only increase your pot size by approximately 2" in diameter and height. If your current plant is in a 4" diameter pot, you should be repotting into a 6" diameter pot. Moving it to a bigger pot too soon cause be overwhelming for your plant. Too much soil for too little roots can cause it to remain wet for too long and easily lead to root rot. No thanks!

  2. Always (and we mean always) select a pot with drainage holes! No drainage means there is nowhere for your water to go and can lead to root rot in plants. If you would like to put it into a pot without drainage (aka decorative pot), we suggest repotting it into a plastic grower's pot with drainage holes that can then be dropped into the decorative pot.

  3. If your plant is currently in a plastic pot: gently squeeze the sides to loosen the soil. Tilt it slightly and slide it out of its old pot. If your plant is in a ceramic/'non-squeezable' pot: use a trowel or dull soil knife and, much like a cake out of the oven, run the tool along the sides of the pot to loosen it. This may take a couple goes depending on the size. Be gentle and take your time! Once loosened, tilt the pot and carefully lift your plant out.

  4. Add a couple inches of fresh, well-draining soil to the bottom of your new pot.

  5. Place the plant in the center of your new pot, ensuring the root ball is 2" below the top of the pot's rim. If it's too low or high, add or remove a bit of soil to the bottom of the pot.

  6. Using your fresh soil, fill the sides and top of pot, only packing lightly so your plant is sturdy enough in place. The soil should be filled to about 1" from the top the pot.

  7. We suggest allowing your plant to settle into it's new home before watering. Allow atleast 48hrs before you water it.

And that's it!

Now your plant has room to grow.

General rule of thumb for larger plants is to repot every 2 - 3 years. Again, it's a general rule, and it's always best to monitor your plant for any signs that it's ready for a repot.

Happy planting!

-Plant Therapy


It's Narin & Elaine of Plant Therapy.

"Plants make life better". This is our belief that helped us to create Plant Therapy in early 2019. We don't have to tell you how much things have changed in the world since then. But you know what? Plants still make life better. They help to make us happier and healthier, especially now as so many aspects of our lives are evolving. Now more than ever, we're committed to making sure that we all have a way to enjoy nature and mindfulness in our homes. We truly believe that plants are therapeutic.

Things have changed for Plant Therapy. We sat down to discuss the options for our storefront, and we came to the conclusion that in our current location, it simply isn't feasible for us to adapt to the new precautionary guidelines. We are currently focused on developing Vancouver's best and most reliable tropical houseplant delivery and curbside pick up. We're thrilled to continue in helping each of you develop your own personal plant oasis in your homes and offices.

Our mission is simple.

Offering you a fun and easy experience to find your perfect plants to fit your space and lifestyle. Helping you to find that new member of your plant family is our goal. Getting them safely to your home and keeping them healthy is our priority.

One last thing. Thank you. Seeing your photos and hearing how excited you are about your new plants is why we do what we do. We know there are other options out there, but you chose us. We truly appreciate that.

With Gratitude,

Narin + Elaine

Plant People & Founders of Plant Therapy

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