I have Dieffenbachia, Money plant, Snake plant.

What are the signs I should look for to know whether they have outgrown their pot or not?


Here are some diagnostics but the best way is the first one:

  • Once a year take the plant out of its pot. If all you see is roots circling around then cut an inch or two (2 - 4 cm) from the bottom of the root ball, add more soil to the pot and put the plant and root ball back in. Water thoroughly
  • when watered the soil becomes dry quickly. Some water sensitive plants like spathiphyllum or peace lily can require more water only days later.
  • little or no new growth
  • depending on species you might see fine hair roots all over the surface

Snake plants (Sanseveria) tolerate being in the same pot much longer than other plants. I would not rush to repot this.

  • 1
    Excellent answer Kevinsky...HANDS ON to understand plants. Really excellent.
    – stormy
    Jul 5 '16 at 20:07

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