What is the best way to pot a house plant?

First, be sure the pot is clean and water-soaked. Then, dry it. Next, spread drainage material in the bottom, and add enough soil to support the plant at the right level—about 1/2 to 1 inch below the pot rim. If the plant has a root-ball, surround it with soil, packing it to the firmness of the old soil. Smooth the surface, then water. If the plant has bare roots, fill the pot about half full of soil, mounding it up a little in the center. Arrange the roots down over the mound and sift in new soil until the pot is full. Then firm the soil and water again.

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