Here Are 5 Signs Your Plants Are Crying Out For Fresh Soil!

Last updated on January 17th, 2023

Just like we need fresh air and water, plants also need new soil to grow healthy and strong. But how do you know when it’s time to replant your beloved greenery?

While thriving plants add to the vibe of the space, dead or decaying plants can make it that much worse. This is why if you see any of these 5 signs, know that it’s time to give your plants a fresh start in the form of new soil.

Soil Level is Low

If your plant’s soil level is low, it’s probably time to replant. This can look strange for a new planter, as the soil is disappearing. The actual cause of this disappearance is the natural decay of soil due to watering and other biological processes. Therefore, when you notice that the soil level on your plants seems to have disappeared, replace it with fresh soil to keep them healthy.

Soil Looks Old

If your soil looks old and tired, it might be time to use new soil. There are some telltale signs that your plants are crying out for fresh soil. For instance, if you notice that the color of your soil has changed from its original rich hue to something drab and lifeless, it’s probably time for a change. Over time, soil nutrients can deplete, leaving your plants struggling to thrive.

Similarly, when the soil starts to break down and degrade, its texture also changes. You might notice that the once-crumbly texture of your soil has turned sandy or clay-like. This is a sign that the structure of the soil has been compromised and needs to be replaced. Another sign which indicates aging soil is mineral deposits. If your soil is too powdery, the water is overflowing, or it takes way too long to dry up, then it means that there is a mineral deposit choking your soil and, consequently, your plant.

It’s the Spring Season

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, your plants will show signs of new growth. If you haven’t already, now is the time to give them a fresh start with some new soil. But it is easier said than done if you have a nursery or too many plants in your garden. In such a case, you can remove some topsoils and add new, vibrant soil. However, remember that this is a half-measure at best. You will need to eventually swap out the entire potted soil to maintain the well-being of your plants.

Plant is Infested

If you notice your plants are wilting, have yellow or brown leaves, or generally look unhealthy, it could be a sign that they’re infested. Check for tiny insects on the leaves or in the soil. If you see any, gently remove them and dispose of them. It would also be wise to separate the infested plant/plants from the rest. You may also need to treat the plant with an insecticide. Lastly, it is best to replace the soil of the infested plant, as some pests, like fungus gnats, can lay eggs deep in the soil.

There is a Lack of Growth

When it comes to our plants, one of the most important things they need is fresh soil. This is because the nutrients in the soil are essential for plant growth. However, if your plants are not growing as they should be, it could be a sign that they are crying out for fresh soil. Sometimes it is not about the above factors and is simply based on the quality of the soil. If the quality is sub-standard, perhaps replacing it with a more nutrient-dense one might do the trick.


If you notice any of the signs mentioned above in your plants, it’s time to give them fresh soil. You can either replant them in a new pot or add new soil to their current one. Trust us, your plants will thank you for it. For more such tips on plant management, home decor, or even Feng Shui tips, explore our large repository of blogs at