When Not to Repot Your Plants!
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When Should I Repot My House Plants?
So you got into the current craze for indoor plants. You have added some at home and in your workspace. Plants are literally good for you and they keep you connected to nature, healthier and happier.
Maybe you've had your plants for a year, maybe 18 or 24 months. And now? One of the most common questions plant owners ask as they move to the next stage of plant care specialization is this: When should I report my indoor plants?
Great question and at the right time. Spring presents the ideal opportunity to replant houseplants that need more space to spread their roots and grow. As we get more sunlight every day and temperatures rise, your plants instinctively react to the change of season and begin to grow.
But if your plant has grown too large for the container, with clumped roots that have nowhere to spread, the plant can become stunted and stressed. It may suffer from receiving too little water and/or nutrients and may drop leaves or even die. Transplantation does not necessarily mean that you need to change your plant container. The main purpose of replanting is to give the plant fresh potting soil. Fresh soil contains fresh nutrients to feed your plants. But your plant may need a new space to grow.
How do you know for sure? Here are some things to look for:
- You see roots coming out of the drainage hole at the bottom of the container.
- The roots grow so thick inside the container that they are actually lifting the plant out of the container.
- Your plant has stopped growing or is growing slower than normal.
- His plant grew heavy, enough to fall off easily.
- Your plant dries out quickly after watering and needs more frequent watering.
- You see salt or minerals building upon the plants or in the container.
- You can see the soil shrink inside the container.
- Plants generally need to be replanted every 12 to 18 months. There are exceptions, of course: succulents or slow-growing cacti, for example.
If you decide to buy a new container, there are some great options and something for everyone to enjoy. Be creative! Read my blog post about the TPIE show earlier this year and you will see some great ideas and trends.
Whichever container you choose, don't overgrow! Bigger is NOT better. Find a pot a little larger than the original container that contains your houseplant. Try to make it three inches larger in diameter and depth for a smaller plant that can sit on a counter; up to six inches for a larger plant sitting on the ground.
Make sure the plant has good drainage. If you are moving a plant that has had to water more frequently due to clumped roots, be sure to slow down the watering. A plant in a new container with much more soil can suffer from overwatering. You don't want to kill your plant gently in your new home.
So you've chosen a cool new container and you're ready to move your plant. The day before planting, water the plant well. You may also want to pre-moisten the new potting soil.
Take a gentle, slow approach when removing the plant from its original container. This may take some patience if it's rooted and really stuck in place. Turn the plant on its side and touch the bottom of the container. Roll up the bowl and tap the sides. If you need to loosen the plant, start gently at the sides of the container. This is where moistened soil is your friend. Avoid pulling the plant by the stems. Use gravity to help you, if necessary, when turning the plant over, but be aware that soil may fall.
Once the plant is out of the container, check the roots. If the plant has clumped roots, try to untangle them carefully and give them some space. You want the earth to fill these spaces. If you need to make a small cut, that's fine and can be helpful. Go slowly and avoid damaging the stems or leaves of the plant.
It is not necessary to remove all the old potting soil. Leave a third to a half and pour a layer of fresh potting soil into the pot. Make sure you buy the correct potting soil from a nursery or garden center. It must be rated for indoor or outdoor use. Don't use soil from your yard or garden.
Place the plant in the first layer of fresh potting soil. You can add more or take a little off so your plant is in the ground about an inch below the rim of the container. Do not fill the container completely. You want some room for the water to slowly enter the container.
Avoid compacting the soil firmly. Your plant's roots need room to spread and establish themselves. Put in the same amount of soil that you need for the plant to sit safely in its new container. Finally, water the plant well in the new container. Dry the container and place your houseplant in the right place. Your plant has a happy new home and you have a new decorative element in your home.
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