Should I Repot My Cathedral Windows?

By Kiersten Rankel

Jun 14, 20244 min read

Discover the secret to a flourishing Cathedral Windows plant with this essential repotting guide! 🌿🔍

Cathedral windows
  1. Roots visible at drainage holes? Time to repot your Cathedral Windows.
  2. Choose terracotta or ceramic pots for breathability, 1-2 inches larger.
  3. After repotting, avoid fertilizers for a month and monitor soil moisture.

Recognizing When to Repot

🌱 Root-Related Indicators

Roots peeking out of drainage holes or spiraling at the pot's bottom are clear distress signals from your Cathedral Windows. It's like your plant is trying to move out but doesn't know how. This root-bound scenario restricts water and nutrient uptake, making a larger home an urgent necessity.

🚦 Plant Health Signals

When your Cathedral Windows' growth slows down or its health seems to decline, it's not just being lazy—it's likely cramped. Like a hermit crab seeking a new shell, your plant needs space to continue its growth journey. Keep an eye out for these cues, as they're your plant's way of whispering, "I need a change of scenery."

Cathedral Windows plant with vibrant green striped leaves in a pot on a glass table indoors.

Preparing for Repotting

🏺 Selecting the Right Pot

When it's time to upgrade your Cathedral Windows' living quarters, pot selection is paramount. Terracotta and unglazed ceramic are the go-to materials, lauded for their breathability. They're like the breathable cotton of the plant world, wicking away excess moisture to keep roots happy and rot-free. Plastic and fabric pots are also in the mix, offering lightweight and often more affordable options.

Remember, size is key. Aim for a pot that's 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the old one—enough room for growth without drowning the roots in soil.

🌱 Choosing the Suitable Potting Mix

Soil is to plants what a mattress is to sleep—get it wrong, and you'll know about it. Cathedral Windows Calathea crave a moist, well-drained soil. Think of a premixed African violet soil or whip up your own gourmet blend: 2 parts peat moss, 2 parts perlite, and 1 part potting soil or compost. It's like the plant equivalent of a five-star hotel bedding arrangement.

And a pro tip: moisten the soil in the new pot before the move to prevent your green friend from going into shock. Just skip the mulch; these plants need humidity more than a reality TV star needs attention.

Cathedral Windows plant with variegated leaves, well-framed and healthy.

The Repotting Process

🌱 Removing the Plant Safely

To safely transition your Cathedral Windows to a new abode, start by gently coaxing it out of its current pot. A little tap or squeeze on the sides should loosen the grip of the soil. Grasp the base of the plant, not the stem, and ease it out. If it plays hard to get, tilt the pot or use a tool to persuade the soil away from the edges.

🕵️ Inspecting and Preparing the Root System

Once free, it's time for a root health check. Shake off the old soil and inspect for any signs of distress, like rot or entanglement. Healthy roots are your plant's lifeline, so snip away any that are damaged. If the roots are circling, gently tease them apart to encourage them to spread out in their new space.

🌱 Planting in the New Pot

Now for the main event: planting. Choose a pot that's a size up from the old one, ensuring it has drainage holes to prevent soggy soil syndrome. Cover these with porous material to keep the soil from escaping. Center your plant in the pot, fill around it with fresh potting mix, and give it a good drink of water to settle in. Remember, Cathedral Windows, like all plants, appreciate a gentle touch and a bit of TLC during this transition.

Potted Cathedral Windows plant with vibrant green leaves and light green patterns.

Aftercare and Best Practices

🌱 Minimizing Transplant Shock

After repotting, transplant shock can be the party pooper at your plant’s housewarming. To keep the mood upbeat, avoid root disturbance during the repotting process. Handle the roots as if they’re heirloom china—gently and with great care.

Limit exposure of the roots to the air; think of them as introverts that don't appreciate too much time in the spotlight. When placing your Cathedral Windows in its new abode, ensure the soil is cozy but not tight—like a comfortable hug rather than a squeeze.

🏡 Post-Repotting Care

Once settled, your plant's first drink in its new home is crucial. Water judiciously—enough to quench its thirst but not so much that it needs water-wings. Steer clear of fertilizers for the first month; let the plant acclimate to its new digs without the added pressure of a growth spurt.

Keep your freshly potted plant in indirect light and away from the harsh sun, akin to easing into a pool rather than cannonballing in. Monitor the soil moisture like a hawk but resist the urge to over-water. Your plant will signal when it’s ready to get back to its regular routine—when new growth appears, it’s like receiving a thank-you note for a successful move.

Ensure your Cathedral Windows thrive 🌿 after repotting by relying on Greg's custom reminders for watering and the ideal soil moisture, tailored to your plant's new environment.