Potting Plants 101: Learn How with Easy Steps

Potting plants doesn’t have to be hard. Let me show you the basics with this quick and easy tutorial! Definitely a must-PIN!

Potting plants doesn't have to be hard. Let me show you the basics with this quick and easy tutorial! Definitely a must PIN!

Hey there!

Today, I am going to show you how easy it is to pot plants! Some of you may already know how to do this, others may have no idea. I was one of those that had no idea. For instance, I used to watch my parents, family, and friends plant their flowers, weed, prune, and pot plants but never did it myself. I used to say it just “wasn’t my thing.”

It’s kind of funny because I am not sure why I did not want to do it because I would always go to the garden with my Dad and harvest the vegetables and make food 🙂 The summer garden is one of my fondest memories, so now I am trying to recreate it in my own backyard!

Potting Plants 101: Learn How with Easy Steps

I am going to show you how to put brand-new plants in pots and how to separate a plant that has grown too big into two separate pots. So, let’s get started learning the basics of potting plants!

All you need is the plants you want (mine are herbs: mint and basil), pots, potting soil, and some gardening tools.

I bought these pots at Dollar Tree, you know I am obsessed with that place! You can buy them anywhere really, there are tons of colors and sizes to choose from. See those two little circles on the bottom? I never knew those were there before and I actually killed some plants last year because they could not drain their water, oops!! Always learning!

I used a Phillips head screwdriver to poke the holes.


Potting Plants 101: Learn How with Easy Steps

I thought that I could jab the screwdriver down and make a hole … well, that ended up cracking the pot (probably because it is a cheaper made pot!) So, I twisted the screwdriver like you normally would use it, and that worked perfectly.


This is how it will look once you’ve made your holes. If there are no pre-made circles on your pot, just make your own because a potted plant has to drain.

Next, add a few inches of soil to the bottom of your pot.

Remove the plastic container from the outside of your plant. If you bought a plant that has a biodegradable container, you do not have to remove it. At this point, just make sure your plant is centered and add soil up to the base of the plant. And maybe a little more soil for good measure 🙂


Look at that, you are all done! Isn’t that so simple? And you can easily decorate your house or your porch with beautiful potted plants in no time.

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Potting Plants 101: Learn How with Easy Steps

Below you can see how unruly my aloe plant has become. It is not looking very pretty because I have used some of it (which is good, but then it makes the leftovers on the plant look bad), it has grown too big for the pot, and I even have some black mold on it, yikes! Dawn dish soap mixed with warm water will take the mold right off!

Do you see how there is another tiny little aloe plant trying to grow underneath the larger plant? Look on the right. I separated the plant by gently digging this part out, making sure to get as many roots out as possible without tearing them off.

 I followed the potting steps I shared with you earlier to put this cute little guy into his own pot. He is happy now!


Potting and/or separating plants are super easy, you just need a few tools, a gentle touch, and love for your plants! Don’t forget to water them!! I always use Miracle Grow when I first pot plants and then about once every couple of weeks if they look like they need an extra boost. Now, go get potting!!

If you loved these ideas then you’ll definitely want to browse some of my other Gardening projects that are full of step-by-step tutorials as well as freebies galore! Can’t wait to see you again and happy planting!


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  1. Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been eying some herbs at Home Depot for a while and would LOVE to have fresh basil but feel lost about how to even start the whole process. You’d think it would be easy but apparently not for me. 🙂 I’ll have to use some of your tips!

    1. Lauren, I felt exactly the same way!! It seems like it would be easy, but if you have never done it, it can be intimidating! Go for it! I am happy I could help 🙂

  2. I am not sure from the picture but did you put 2 rocks over the holes you made in your pot? If not next time you make a hole put a rock on the hole. The water drains but you do not loose soil . Great job

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