Dating dirtbags? No. Touching dirt: Yes. At least when it comes to creating a double dose of wellness for you and your houseplant. Here’s the deal:
Science says that touching soil, much like touching grass, literally makes us feel more grounded. That’s why practices like gardening are connected to reduced anxiety, heightened mindfulness, and even a stronger immune system.
But we know “gardening” isn’t always a possibility—it’s cold, we’re busy, etc. That’s why today’s small step is even simpler: Re-pot a houseplant in some new soil.
Biologists say early spring is the ideal time to re-pot plants, because it’s when their natural growth cycles are gearing up. Meanwhile, replacing old soil can help a plant retain nourishment for a longer period of time, meaning you won’t have to water it (or forget to water it) as often.
Here’s how to do it:
- Gently grab your plant pot and shake its soil free.
- Even more gently, take hold of your plant at its base and shake it loose from the existing soil. (Wear gloves if you’re dealing with a cactus or something prickly.)
- With a pair of scissors, trim the plants’ exposed roots about ¼ inch.
- Check out the bottom of your plant pot. Does it have a hole? Great. If not, add a few rocks or a handful of gravel to the bottom to help with drainage.
- Place your plant back into the pot, centering it as much as possible.
- Add your new soil! Take a few deep breaths—fresh dirt can smell very calming. Pack the dirt firmly around the plant.
- Add some water. That’s it!