Should I Repot My Philodendron 'Imperial Red'?

By Kiersten Rankel

Jan 14, 20244 min read

Discover the secret to a flourishing Philodendron 'Imperial Red' with our repotting guide 🌿👀!

  1. Roots peeking out? Time to repot your Philodendron 'Imperial Red'.
  2. Spring repotting aligns with the plant's growth spurt.
  3. Choose terracotta or ceramic pots for health and style.

Spotting the Telltale Signs for Repotting

🌱 Root Clues: Tangled and Peeking Roots

When your Philodendron 'Imperial Red' starts to resemble a jailbreak with roots escaping through drainage holes, it's not plotting an escape—it's cramped. If you notice a dense root mat at the pot's bottom or roots circling like they're on a racetrack, consider it a distress call for more space.

🌿 Above the Soil: Slowed Growth and Wilting Leaves

Is your plant's growth more stagnant than a pond? Wilting leaves aren't just being dramatic—they're likely deprived of room to grow. A Philodendron that's become a top-heavy tower of Pisa is a sure sign it's time to upgrade its living quarters.

💧 Water Woes: Poor Drainage and Water Retention

If watering your plant feels like pouring water through a sieve, or if the pot feels heavier than your last breakup, these are clues to a root issue. Proper drainage is crucial; without it, you're inviting root rot to the party, and it's a terrible guest.

The Repotting Rundown

⏰ Timing it Right

Spring is your Philodendron 'Imperial Red's' best friend when it comes to repotting. This is when your plant is in its growth spurt, and the roots are ready to spread out in their new abode. Aim for this season to give your plant the fresh start it craves.

🛠 Prepping Your Plant

Before the big move, water your plant the day before to reduce stress and make the transition smoother. Don your gloves to avoid the sap's skin-irritating antics. Check for signs of distress and ensure your Philodendron is not in a planty funk—healthy plants make for successful moves.

📦 Step-by-Step: Gently Moving Your Plant to its New Home

  1. Choose a new pot that's a size up—1 to 2 inches larger in diameter should do the trick. Drainage holes? Non-negotiable.
  2. Prune if necessary, but only if your Philodendron has been slacking off in the growth department.
  3. Layer the bottom of the new pot with high-quality potting mix—think of it as a welcoming bed for your plant's roots.
  4. Ease the plant out of its current pot, keeping the soil intact and your plant's dignity in check.
  5. Inspect the roots like a hawk. White and firm is good; dark and mushy, not so much. Trim the drama away.
  6. Position your plant in the new pot and fill it with a mix of peat moss, potting soil, and perlite. This trio is like the dream team for your Philodendron's roots.
  7. Water thoroughly but with a gentle touch, until you see the excess making a break for it through the drainage holes.

Choosing the Best Pot for Your 'Imperial Red'

Selecting the right pot for your Philodendron 'Imperial Red' is a balancing act between size and material, each with its own implications for plant health.

🌱 Pot Size Matters

Size up appropriately. A pot that's too large can lead to waterlogged soil, risking root rot. Conversely, a cramped pot stifles root growth and can leave your plant thirsting for more space. Aim for a pot that's about 2 inches larger in diameter than the current one.

💧 Material Matters: Breathability and Moisture

The pot material dictates soil moisture and breathability—key factors for a thriving Philodendron.

🏺 Pot Material Showdown

Terracotta: The Breathable Choice

Terracotta pots are like the jeans of the plant world—classic, sturdy, and breathable. They allow soil to dry evenly, reducing the risk of root rot. However, they're heavier and may require more frequent watering due to their porous nature.

Plastic: The Convenient Contender

Plastic pots are the lightweight, often cheaper option. They retain moisture well, which can be a boon or bane. Ensure they have drainage holes to prevent water from pooling at the bottom.

Ceramic: The Stylish Compromise

Ceramic pots offer a blend of form and function. They're less porous than terracotta but still provide some airflow. Plus, they come in various glazed finishes that can complement your decor while keeping your 'Imperial Red' happy.

Ensure your Philodendron 'Imperial Red' flourishes in its new home by using Greg's personalized reminders 🌿 to repot at the perfect time with the right pot size and soil mix.