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Gardening Basics

The Art of Houseplants: Part 4

Words by Kristen Geil

Once your plants have gotten over the shock of moving to a new home, it’s crucial to repot them. Spoiler alert, nursery pots aren’t meant to be forever homes for your new plant babies. Plus, different plants need different types of soil. Here’s what to know. 


Succulents: Succulents like to live in free-draining soil to prevent root rot. You can also add perlite, sand, and rocks into potting soil for increased drainage (which will help prevent overwatering).

Tropicals: Pair with organic potting soil, and if you’re feeling fancy, add coco coir for moisture retention and aeration. If soil compacts (which basically means it’s lost its aeration), repot your plant in 6-12 months. 

Herbs: Herbs also prefer an organic potting soil. Similar to tropicals, add coco coir for moisture retention and perlite for aeration. For bonus points, add compost to your herb’s soil blend for a boost of nutrients.

Take a pic anytime you water one of your new plants, and use it to track your progress over time. Tag us on Instagram so we can cheer you on and answer any questions that come up—we’re @modsprout. There you grow.