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Repotting Tips for Money Trees, Orchids and Anthuriums

March 15, 2022

As children grow, they need new shoes for those larger feet, and your plant babies are no different! Repotting your money trees, orchids and anthuriums allows more room for the roots to grow. New soil also gives your plant a much-needed nutrient boost, keeping it healthy and strong.

Here are some tips for each type of plant:

Money Trees

Spring and summer are the ideal times to repot your money tree. Create the perfect conditions for your money tree to flourish by using the right pot, the right potting soil, and lots of nutrients. 

When repotting money trees, be sure to use a pot that is just a little bigger than the root ball, but be careful about going too big. This will cause the plant to retain more water, leading to root rot. Using a pot with drainage holes will help avoid this problem.

If you have a decorative pot you just love, but it doesn’t have holes, plant your money tree in a smaller, plastic pot that you can easily lift out during watering, especially if you're using water instead of ice. Most plants don't like "wet feet," so these steps will help you avoid that. Even if you are using ice, regularly checking the roots to  ensure there is no excess water at the bottom of the pot is a great habit for plant parents to develop.

Potting mix containing peat, pine bark, vermiculite or even perlite is ideal for repotting money trees. For all of you DIYers out there, you can make your own potting soil by mixing equal parts peat moss, perlite and coarse sand or builder’s sand. 

When removing your money tree from the pot, carefully untangle the roots and snip away any mushy bits with a sharp, sterilized knife or pair of scissors. Pour enough mix into the pot to ensure the root ball is 1 inch below the rim. Place your money tree plant on top of the mixture, add more mix to fill in the holes, and then water your tree. 

When it drains from the bottom of the pot, you have successfully repotted your money tree! 

Orchids

Prior to repotting orchids, wash your hands because these plants are sensitive to disease and bacteria!

Orchids should not be planted in regular potting soil. Instead, use an orchid-specific potting media like orchid bark. That way, its roots will have access to the air they need and will be able to dry out a bit between waterings.

Like the money tree, your orchid’s pot should be slightly larger, preferably about 1/2 inch or 1 inch larger in diameter. If your orchid has larger roots, consider going a bit bigger to accommodate those roots. 

The best way to gauge this is by removing your orchid from its current pot and holding it in the middle of the new pot. If you have about 1/2 inch of space between the roots, the sides, and the bottom of the pot, your orchid will be comfortable in its new home. 

After you remove the orchid from its pot, rinse any old potting media from the roots and use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors to snip away any brown or rotting roots. Partially decaying roots can still function, so only remove the mushy and hollow roots.
 
Gently place your orchid into its new pot. At this time, you can incorporate some of your orchid’s long aerial roots into the new pot. To soften them up, soak these roots in water for 3-5 minutes. If some of the roots break, don't worry! Your plant will be just fine.
 
Since your orchid is in a new home, you may need to adjust how you water it. For now, keep using the same number of ice cubes, but let the roots serve as a guide regarding amount and frequency. When the roots fade from bright green to silver, they are ready for water!

Anthuriums

Repot your anthurium every two to three years or whenever it outgrows its current pot. Usually, an anthurium will comfortably grow up to 20 inches tall in a five-inch diameter pot. At that point, it's time to go up a size! 

Carefully remove your anthurium from its current pot and trim any brown or wilted flowers or leaves. Place your anthurium into a pot that is a little larger in diameter, ideally about 1-2 inches bigger. Fill it with a light, aerated soil blend. We recommend a combination that is half peat moss and half coconut fiber. 

After completing these steps, water with three times the average amount (about 18 ice cubes or 1 1/2 cups of water) until the new leaves grow. Drain excess water to prevent the roots from sitting in standing water. 

To avoid overwatering your anthurium, consider watering it more frequently during the week instead of dousing your plant in one day. 

After that first week, your anthurium should be all settled into its new space, and so you can go back to weekly watering by just adding six ice cubes or 1/2 cup of water. 


Since orchids are entering their active growth phase, now is the perfect time to get ahead on that growth spurt with this orchid repotting kit, which makes repotting a breeze. And it's much more budget-friendly than shoes!

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