Repotting plants seems to be a basic aspect of indoor and container gardening. However, some of the most seasoned and well intending gardeners make some mistakes.
Repotting plants seems to be a basic aspect of indoor and container gardening. It seems like it should be one of the simplest tasks, with no need for instructions. However, there are some mistakes that are made by some of the most seasoned and well-intentioned gardeners. When in doubt, it is time to start at the beginning and really think about what we are doing when re-potting and why we are doing it.
There are three main reasons to repot a plant. One reason is because a plant is newly purchased and you want to move it into a more attractive pot or one that is more durable and longer lasting. Repotting can also come into play out of necessity, because the plant has outgrown the plant that it is currently at home in. You can tell that this is the case when the soil has become over crowded with roots and the plant’s growth has begun to suffer. It is also time to repot when the soil or potting medium has become more of a hindrance than a help to the plant’s health. Such as when a potting medium had decomposed to the point that it cuts of the necessary air circulation in the pot, putting your plant at risk for issues like root rot.
If you are repotting a new, young plant it is important to take the plant’s future size and growing speed into consideration while choosing a new pot. If the plant is slow growing then it will likely need repotting once every two to three years. Faster growing plants might need to be repotted every year. In the case of repotting something that has simply outgrown its current home, be sure to move it into a pot only one size large than the one it is in. Regardless of the reason for the repotting, make sure that you do not repot into a container that is too large. Plants that are in pots much larger that the plant actually needs are much more likely to suffer from root rot or other diseases because they do not have enough root surface to remove extra moisture from the soil. Another important thing to remember is that repotting, even when done perfectly, can cause stress to your plant. Therefore, it is important to delay any fertilizing until your plant has recovered. You can tell that your plant is ready when you see several sets of new leaves.
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