How do you know when to re-pot?
Excerpt of Newsletter: October 2012, Volume 34, Number 2
Here are 11 reasons our members re-pot their plants:
- Plants are so large they are falling out of the pot and the pot looks like it’s expanding.
- Pot breaking or cracking. Pot could be too old or plant too large.
- Soil level has gone down or is shrinking in from the sides; the plant would have used much of the nutrients in the soil.
- Squeeze the pot – does it resist or easy to squeeze? Is there enough soil in the pot?
- Roots growing out of the bottom.
- Rootball is like a “rock”.
- Plant stops growing.
- Plant looks half dead; when re-potting you can check the roots.
- When water goes straight through the mix.
- There are lots of weeds in the pot.
- Don’t like the colour of the pot.
- When to re-pot? After the plant stops flowering.
Thanks everyone for suggestions which were both humorous and serious. I now know that all my plants need re-potting.
Special thanks to the late Phil Robson for launching the Big Question as a way for all of us to share our experience and ideas.