Thursday, April 29, 2010

Repotting




Your seedlings are growing well and will soon need a new home, i.e., a bigger pot. How do you know when it's time to repot? If there are roots growing out the bottom of the pot, it's time to move them to a bigger home. Here is how you do that with minimal trauma. First, spread your fingers and straddle the stem.






Turn the pot upside down. You may need to squeeze the pot a little to loosen the soil, or slap the bottom and jiggle a bit. Do not pull on the plant.








Remove the pot while the plant and soil are still in your hand. If you have circling roots, loosen them up with your other hand to encourage them to grow downward. If you have little root balls (common in store bought plants), you can pinch them off or prune them off with scissors. If you plant a root ball, it will continue to grow around in circles and never down. (If you can discreetly unpot a plant while at the nursery, you will be able to see the health of the roots before you buy.)






Repot into a larger pot partially filled with soil and well watered. Finish filling with soil until the soil line is a little bit above what it was in the smaller pot. Water again and keep out of direct sunlight for a couple of days. Your plant will continue to grow until it's time for full-time garden bed living.
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2 comments:

  1. Stumbling upon a post about re-potting is indeed wonderful. Some gardeners especially the amateur ones need this information in order to make their gardening skill improved.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! The beginner gardeners are my main focus here. :-)

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