Should I Repot My Jelly Plant And If So, How?

By Kiersten Rankel

Jun 15, 20244 min read

Boost your Jelly Plant's 🌿 vitality with the right repotting know-how at the perfect time!

Jelly plant
  1. Repot when roots escape drainage holes or plant size doubles.
  2. 🌱 Terracotta for breathability, plastic for moisture - choose wisely.
  3. Post-repot care is crucial: water and monitor sunlight exposure.

Recognizing When to Repot Your Jelly Plant

🌱 Root Circumstances

Roots making a jailbreak through the drainage holes? That's your Jelly Plant waving a white flag. It's root-bound, and it's time to give it a new cell. Typically, these plants need a change of scenery every year or when they've doubled in size—whichever comes first.

🚨 Plant Health Indicators

Stunted growth is your Jelly Plant's way of telling you it's cramped. If it's looking more like a bonsai without the charm, it's begging for a repot. Keep an eye out for any roots doing the limbo above the soil line or a pot that's bulging like a stuffed suitcase. These are telltale signs that your green buddy needs a bigger home.

Potted Jelly Plant with variegated green and white leaves.

Selecting the Appropriate Pot and Material

🏺 Material Considerations

Terracotta or plastic? Terracotta pots, akin to breathable fabrics, allow air and water to move through the soil, drying it out more quickly. Plastic pots, on the other hand, retain moisture longer, which can be a boon or a bane depending on your watering habits and the plant's needs.

Size and Type

The right pot size is a balancing act. Too large, and your Jelly Plant's roots might drown in soil and water; too small, and they'll feel like they're in a straitjacket. Aim for a pot that's one size larger than the current one to give your plant room to grow without going overboard. Ensure it has drainage holes—non-negotiable for healthy roots.

Jelly Plant in a white pot with colored lighting in the background.

The Repotting Process

🌱 Preparation

Before diving into the repotting process, gather your materials: a new pot with drainage holes, porous material like coffee filters, potting mix, trowel, gloves, scissors or a sharp knife, and a watering can. Timing is key—choose a period when your Jelly Plant is not in active bloom for minimal stress.

🛠 Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Remove the Jelly Plant by tipping the pot sideways and easing it out. If it's stubborn, a gentle tap on the pot's bottom or a slide of a trowel between pot and soil can help.
  2. Inspect the roots carefully. Trim any dead or rotting roots with sterile pruners, and if it's rootbound, make a few cuts to encourage new growth.
  3. Prepare the new pot by placing a porous material over the drainage hole to prevent soil loss. Add a layer of potting mix to elevate the root ball to the correct height.
  4. Position the plant in the center of the new pot. The top of the root ball should sit just below the rim. Fill around the plant with more soil, pressing gently to avoid air pockets.
  5. Water the plant to settle the soil and give it that much-needed "welcome drink" in its new home. Avoid the temptation to fertilize immediately—let the fresh soil work its magic first.
Potted Jelly Plant with broad green leaves and pinkish edges, well-framed and in focus.

Post-Repotting Care

💦 Immediate Aftercare

After the repotting hustle, your Jelly Plant will need some TLC. Water it immediately—this is like a housewarming for its roots. But don't drown the poor thing; think of the soil as a moist sponge rather than a swamp.

Keep your plant out of the direct sunlight; it's had enough stress for one day. Think of it as putting on sunglasses after stepping out of a dark cinema—gentle transition is key.

Long-term Adjustments

Monitor your plant like it's the new kid on the block. Signs of stress, such as droopy leaves or a lackluster vibe, are your cues to tweak your care routine.

Adjust watering based on how the soil holds moisture in the new pot. Overwatering is the silent killer of houseplants, so keep your watering can in check.

Remember, no fertilizers for the first month. Your Jelly Plant isn't ready for a nutrient party just yet. Give it time to settle in and get comfortable with its new surroundings.

Repot your Jelly Plant with confidence and let Greg track the soil moisture 🪴 to perfect your watering routine post-transplant.