How to Know When to Repot a String of Tears?

By Kiersten Rankel

Jun 17, 20244 min read

String of tears
  1. Tangled roots and fast-draining water signal it's time to repot.
  2. Choose terracotta or ceramic pots for breathability and style.
  3. Monitor and adjust care post-repotting to ensure recovery and growth.

Spot the Clues: When Your String of Tears Begs for a New Home

๐ŸŒฑ Root Tango: Tangled and Peeking Out

When your String of Tears starts to resemble a jailbreak artist with roots escaping through the drainage holes, it's time to repot. Tangled roots are a clear signal that your plant's current residence is too snug.

๐Ÿ’ง Thirsty Much? Water Goes Right Through

If watering your plant feels like pouring liquid through a sieve, with water rushing out almost as quickly as you pour it in, take note. This is a sign that the roots have taken over, leaving little room for soil to retain moisture.

๐ŸŒฑ Stunted Growth: When Your Plant Hits Pause

A growth hiatus can be your String of Tears' subtle way of waving a white flag. If your plant's growth has stalled, despite proper care, it's likely pleading for a new pot to call home.

String of Pearls plant in a terracotta pot on a windowsill, healthy and well-framed.

The Great Move: Repotting Your String of Tears

๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Prep Work: Gathering Your Tools and Supplies

Before you start, assemble your repotting kit: a new pot with drainage holes, fresh potting mix, a trowel, scissors or pruners, and gloves. Sterilize your tools to prevent any unwelcome microbial guests. A quick hydration for your String of Tears a day before the move makes the roots more cooperative.

๐Ÿ–๏ธ Gentle Hands: Safely Uprooting Your Plant

It's go time. Tilt the pot and coax the plant out with a mix of gentle tugs and gravity. If it resists, run a knife around the inside edge to loosen the soil. Snip any roots peeking through drainage holes with your sterilized scissors. Remember, it's not a raceโ€”handle your plant like it's precious cargo.

๐Ÿก New Abode: Planting in the New Pot

Place a layer of fresh potting mix in the new pot. Now, nestle your plant in, spreading the roots outward. Fill around the roots with more mix, but don't pack it down too hard. You want those roots to breathe and stretch out in their new spacious digs.

๐Ÿš‘ First Aid: Caring for Transplant Shock

Transplant shock can leave your plant looking a bit down. Keep it in a warm spot with bright, indirect light and shield it from direct sun. Water it just enough to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. No fertilizer for nowโ€”let your plant settle in and get comfortable first. Watch for signs of recovery, and be patient; your String of Tears is acclimating to its new home.

String of Pearls plant in a hanging white pot with visible soil and healthy green leaves.

Picking the Perfect Pot: Material Matters

๐Ÿบ Terracotta: The Breathable Choice

Terracotta pots are the MVPs of moisture management. Their porous nature allows air and water to pass through, reducing the risk of root rot. Beware, though; these pots can dry out soil faster, so you might need to water your String of Tears more frequently.

๐Ÿฅค Plastic and Ceramic: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Plastic pots are the lightweight champions, easy to move and less prone to breaking. They retain moisture longer, which can be a double-edged sword for those who tend to overwater. Ceramic pots strike a balance, offering less porosity than terracotta but still some breathability. They're the stylish middle ground, but remember to check for drainage holes to avoid waterlogging.

๐Ÿšซ No-Go for String of Tears: Materials to Avoid

Glass and metal pots might look sleek, but they're practically a no-fly zone for your String of Tears. They offer zero breathability and often lack proper drainage, setting the stage for a root rot horror show. Stick to materials that prioritize your plant's health over aesthetics.

String of Pearls plant in a decorative pot on a marble surface.

Aftercare: Helping Your String of Tears Settle In

๐Ÿ’ง Watering Wisdom: Adjusting Your Routine

After repotting, your String of Tears will need a modified watering schedule. Initially, water lightly to help roots recover without becoming waterlogged. Gradually return to normal watering once you see new growth, indicating the plant has acclimated. Remember, consistency is keyโ€”check the soil moisture before each watering, and adjust for seasonal changes.

โ˜€๏ธ Location, Location: Finding the Ideal Spot

Finding the right spot is like matchmaking for plantsโ€”lighting is crucial. Your String of Tears prefers bright, indirect light, so place it near a window but out of direct sunlight. Watch for signs of distress; if leaves start to fade or burn, it's time to shuffle your plant to a better-suited locale.

๐Ÿ‘€ Monitoring and Maintenance: Keeping an Eye on Recovery

Post-repotting, play plant detective. Keep an eye out for leaf color and firmnessโ€”these are your clues to the plant's well-being. If something seems off, reassess your care routine. And don't forget, a log can be your best friend for tracking your plant's progress and tweaking care as needed.

Ensure your String of Tears flourishes after repotting with Greg's tailored reminders ๐Ÿชด, making sure your green friend settles into its new home seamlessly.