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How to repot your plants
Choose the right pot. Early spring is the ideal season to repot your plants. The new pots should be only slightly wider and deeper than the old: Small plants need a pot that’s 1 or 2 inches wider. Bigger plants need 2 to 4 inches.
Start a day early. Water each plant a day beforehand to prevent the root ball from crumbling. The new pots will need a base layer of potting mix. A coffee-filter liner will keep it from spilling out the drainage holes.
Be gentle. Don’t yank at the stem. Turn the pot on its side, tap it, and rotate the plant until it slides out, then use your fingers to gently loosen the root ball. After setting the plant in its new pot, fill the space around the root ball, but don’t pack the soil in, and leave an inch of space below the pot’s rim.
Supply TLC. The plants will be mildly stressed, so water them well and keep them out of direct sunlight for a few days.