How to re-pot tired houseplants
By Marion Owen, Fearless Weeder
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How can you tell if a plant is pot-bound?
To see for yourself, tilt the plant on its side and gently slide the
plant a few inches out of the pot. If the roots look like ropes winding
around in circles or they're matted at the bottom the plant's overdue
for a change. The solution is "stepping up" -- moving the plant
to a larger pot. By stepping up, you fix several problems at once: restricted
root space, replenish tired potting soil and you make the plant look better
in a container more in scale with its larger size.
Which container is best?
Resist the urge to move a plant to a substantially bigger pot. Select
one a couple of inches bigger. If you use too large a container, the extra
soil will soak up too much water, the plants roots will grow more
than necessary (like moving into a larger house and filling the space
with stuff) and foliage and flower growth will decrease.
1) First you'll need to identify pot-bound plants. Gently roll or tap the container to loosen the plant and gently ease it out. Tip: Dry soil tends to hang onto the inner walls of the container, so watering your plant help grease the skids a little. Catch it in your other hand, with the foliage peeking between your fingers and the surface of the root ball supported in your palm. If the plant is a giant one, such as a fern, fig, or avocado tree, lay it over onto a tarp or newspapers spread on the floor.
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