#56 RePot Your Plants

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RePot Your Plants

This is often a spring activity but for houseplants, why wait? Especially if they are dropping leaves, not flowering, or quickly drying out – potential signs of a root bound plant. Some people think that as long as plants get enough water and a little sun – that’s all there is to it. Not so!

Over time, that sun and water allow the plant to grow, developing a nice root system as it does so. Those roots can take over the entire pot as it absorbs nutrients from the soil. You may notice roots poking through the bottom of the pot or starting to lift at be base of the plant. Both are clear indications that the plant is desperate for a bigger home.

There is a right and wrong way to repot a plant and the internet is full of videos and articles that explain the best method for the type of plant that you are working with. In some cases, you can literally saw the root ball in half and make two out of one.

For others, transitioning the plant into more comfortable digs means that you need to loosen the soil around the roots as it often gets compacted. Think about how good it would feel to stretch out in your bed after being cramped on a long economy flight and you’ll be able to empathize. Fresh soil is to a plant what nice clean sheets are to a tired traveller. Once your plants have taken up residence in their new home, they’ll need a little extra tender loving care until the root system takes hold in its new environment.

Bound roots aren’t the only reason you may need to repot your plants. The leaves tell a story too, about the soil conditions and potential problems that may require a fresh mix. The Sill is a great resource for plant lovers and problem solving. It’s really a one-stop resource for house plant care.

Live plants add good energy to your living environment and help to keep the air fresh. A little love goes a long way so take care to show them some and …

Repot your plants.

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