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Techniques and tips for repotting houseplants when they outgrow their current pot.


*When repotting a plant that has outgrown its pot, keep this in mind. Repot it into one that is only one size larger than its current pot. Pots come in sizes starting around two inches and go up in size one inch at a time all the way to 14 inches.

*Once you have chosen the correct pot for the plant, you must prepare it to be planted. Start by laying screen or pieces of clay pot over the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot to keep soil from washing out when watering.

*Next add a layer of foam peanuts or washed pea gravel.

*On top of this, lay a one inch layer of professional planter's mix.

*To remove the plant from its current pot, pick it up and turn it upside down, keeping your hand over the soil of the plant. Give the bottom of the pot a tap or two and as the plant slides out, pull the pot off of it.

*Clip any roots that are overgrown with a scissors, or stretch them out.


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Also, don't forget to 'break up' the roots if they are clustered around the bottom of the dirt when you unpot it. Gently pull apart the dirt/roots to open it up to make them grow outwards in the new soil instead of continuing to grow within itself. This way your plant will grow bigger and faster! You should repot your plants twice a year as well.
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Twice a year? How do you know they need it to be repotted?

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Usually if the foilage is really large and you cannot see the rim of the pot any longer or if it is a tree type of plant if it just looks too big for the pot. That is how i tell if it needs a bigger pot. I watched a gardening show that said that you should repot twice a year...I generally repot 1-2x a year. Some of my plants don't need to be repotted twice a year though.
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do you have any tips on how to keep my houseplants healthy in the winter? i live in a mobile home and it seems that they are just starving during the winter, maybe it's too hot? i've turned the vents off where all of my plants are and it seemed to help.
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or could it be that i water them TOO much?
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Sounds like it could be a combo of the two. The dry air in the house from having the heat on could also be a problem. Don't water your plants unless the soil is dry or the plant is drooping. And maybe try some Miracle Grow for houseplants. That stuff is gold!!
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