Should I Repot My Stephanotis And If So, How?

By Kiersten Rankel

Jun 18, 20244 min read

Stephanotis
  1. 🌱 Root circling or escaping? Time to repot your Stephanotis.
  2. Spring repotting minimizes shock and boosts growth.
  3. Choose the right pot: Terracotta for moisture control, with good drainage.

Spotting the Tell-Tale Signs It's Time for a New Home

🌱 Roots on the Run

Roots should be snug, not strangled. Root-bound Stephanotis is a plant crying out for help. If roots are circling the pot's bottom or staging an escape through drainage holes, it's time to act. A root-bound plant is like a caged bird; it needs space to spread its wingsβ€”or in this case, its roots.

🚰 Thirsty More Often?

Is your Stephanotis guzzling water faster than a marathon runner? Increased thirst can signal that it's time for a bigger pot. When water zips through the soil without pause, it's a hint that the roots have taken over and the soil can't hold moisture like it used to.

🌸 When to Make the Move

Timing is everything. Spring is the season of growth and new beginnings, making it the ideal time to repot your Stephanotis. Repotting during this time minimizes transplant shock, giving your plant the best chance to thrive in its new abode.

Stephanotis plant in a white pot on an outdoor table with green leaves.

Choosing the Right Pot for Your Stephanotis

🏺 Material Matters

Terracotta, ceramic, and plastic pots each bring their own game to the table. Terracotta is the old-school coach, tough on excess moisture and a champ at letting roots breathe. It's got a classic look but drinks up water like a marathon runner, meaning more trips to the watering can for you. Ceramic is the stylish middle player, less porous, keeping the soil's thirst quenched a bit longer. Plastic? Lightweight and cheap, it's the rookie of the bunch, but beware, it can hold onto water like a hoarder, so overwatering could bench your Stephanotis.

πŸ“ Size and Drainage

When sizing up pots, think basketballβ€”not too big, not too small. A pot that's just right will give your Stephanotis room to grow without drowning in soil. And let's talk drainage; it's like having good insurance. Without those holes at the bottom, you're looking at a soggy mess and a plant with a one-way ticket to Root Rot City. If you fall for a pot without holes, get ready to play DIY or set up a pot-within-a-pot scenario. Because when it comes to drainage, it's not just a good idea; it's the law.

Stephanotis plant with dark green leaves and white flowers in a pot near a window.

The Repotting Rundown: A Step-by-Step Guide

🏑 Prepping the New Residence

Before your Stephanotis gets a taste of its new digs, proper preparation is key. Choose a pot that's a snug fitβ€”just a couple of inches wider than the old one. Ensure it has adequate drainage; nobody likes wet feet, least of all your plant.

🌱 The Gentle Uproot

Time to evict your Stephanotis, but let's not be brash. Tilt the pot and coax the plant out. Root inspection is crucial; if they're doing the tango around the pot, it's definitely time. Gently tease them apart to encourage growth in their new home.

🏠 Home Sweet New Home

Now, the main event. Fill the bottom of the new pot with a layer of soil, just enough so your plant sits at the same height as before. Nestle your Stephanotis in, backfill with soil, and give it a gentle pat. Water to settle the soil, skip the fertilizer, and voilΓ β€”your plant's new abode is ready.

Stephanotis plant in a woven basket with a metal trellis, healthy green leaves.

Post-Repotting Care for Stephanotis

πŸ’§ The First Watering

After the repotting hustle, your Stephanotis is parched. Water it thoroughly, but don't flood the scene. Imagine you're quenching its thirst after a marathon, not throwing it into the pool. Wait for the soil to dry a bit before the next watering act, just like you'd wait for a good tea to steep.

🌞 Easing Back into Routine

Light: Your Stephanotis craves that bright, indirect light, akin to a celebrity dodging the paparazzi while still basking in the spotlight. Keep it cool, though; no direct sunbathing sessions just yet.

Temperature: Maintain a steady climate. Think of it as setting the thermostat for a picky guestβ€”too hot or too cold, and you'll never hear the end of it.

Fertilization: Hold off on the nutrient nukes. Give your plant a chance to settle in before bombarding it with fertilizers. When you do start, it's a fortnightly affair with a high-potassium concoction, like a bartender mixing a precise cocktail.

Remember, the post-repotting phase is a delicate dance. With the right balance of care, your Stephanotis will soon be strutting its stuff with renewed vigor.

Repot your Stephanotis with confidence, and let Greg nurture 🌱 your plant's post-transplant recovery with precise watering and fertilizing reminders.