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Repotting 101: How To Stop Killing Your House Plants

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    The Sill was created with a simple ambition: to inspire people to bring more of the outdoors in. Our mission is to make the experience of discovering the perfect potted plants as wonderful as the plants themselves. The Sill is the source that bridges the gap between plants and people — offering products and services that fit your personal style, your lifestyle, and your budget.
    We do a lot of potting and repotting here at the office. Plants typically need to be repotted every year to 18 months. A common misconception is that it's simply about choosing a cute, new pot, when the purpose is really changing a plant's soil or potting mix. This is obviously great news if you love your planter.

    On the other hand, if you're looking to splurge on a new one, or you're changing up a room's decor, make sure to choose a planter of similar size or no more than two inches smaller or larger.

    Although we recommend repotting every year to year and a half, here are a few telltale signs that's it's time for your green friends to move:

    -Roots start growing through the bottom drainage hole.
    -Roots push the plant up and out of the planter.
    -Growth is unusually slow.
    -The plant becomes top heavy and even falls over.
    -The plant and soil dry out more quickly than usual.
    -There's noticeable salt and mineral build up on the greenery or the planter.

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