How Often To Change The Soil In Your Potted PlantsBy BenOni | June 21, 2023
This is a question we get a lot at the nursery. “How often should I change the soil in my potted plants?” The answer, as with most things in gardening, is “it depends.” Here are a few factors to consider when making your decision:
The type of plant: Some plants, like succulents, cacti, and other drought-tolerant plants, don’t need as much water or fertilizer as other plants. So, if you have one of these plants in a pot, you can probably get away with changing the soil less often.
The size of the pot: A plant in a small pot will need to have the soil changed more often than a plant in a large pot. This is because the roots of a plant in a small pot will quickly fill up the pot and start to compact the soil, which can lead to problems with drainage.
The type of soil: If you’re using a high-quality potting mix, you won’t need to change it as often as you would if you were using a cheaper, lower-quality mix. This is because a high-quality mix will last longer and provide better drainage and nutrients for your plants.
So, how often should you change the soil in your potted plants? It really depends on a number of factors. But, as a general rule of thumb, we recommend changing the soil every one to two years.
How often you need to change the soil in your potted plants depends on a few factors, including the type of plant, the size of the pot, and the type of soil you’re using. In general, you should change the soil in your potted plants every one to two years.
If you’re using a high-quality potting mix, you may be able to extend the time between changes to three years. However, if you notice that your plants are starting to look unhealthy, it’s a good idea to check the soil and see if it needs to be changed.
When changing the soil in your potted plants, be sure to remove all of the old soil before adding new soil. You can either discard the old soil or use it to pot new plants.
When you’re ready to change the soil in your potted plants, be sure to choose a potting mix that’s appropriate for the type of plants you’re growing. If you’re not sure which mix to use, ask for help at your local garden center.