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Now that November has been remarketed Movember by men with moustaches, we’re pushing for January to be taken over by people who want their plants to be comfortable. Welcome to Janua-RE-pot!
You may not know (or may be choosing to ignore the fact) that young growing plants in your house (like the flamingo flower and zebra plant) should be re-potted once per year. Larger plants like the Benjamin Tree only need to be repotted every two years or so.
(Janua)Re-potting is relatively simple – it involves moving plants into larger pots with fresh compost or potting mix. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from re-potting on a more adhoc basis when you think that a plant has outgrown its pot or seems top-heavy, but hopefully Janua-RE-pot will be a helpful reminder that most of them need to be repotted – and with lots of long wet days, it’s a perfect (if somewhat messy!) indoor activity!
Plants that have already outgrown their pots should be prioritised. You can tell if this is the case because you may see roots poking out of the bottom of the flowerpot, yellow foliage, or more sparse new growth on the plant.
Step-by-step guide to re-potting
- Remove the plant from its original flowerpot by tilting to one side and easing gently from the pot.
- Tease any coiled roots with your fingers to pull them straight. Prune them to encourage new root growth.
- Partly fill the new pot with compost. Place the plant in the centre and then pack additional potting mix around the plant.
- Water thoroughly and throughout the coming weeks keep the soil moist but not too soggy.
NB a newly potted plant with pruned roots should never be fertilised as this can cause ‘fertiliser burn’.