With snow covering the ground here in the Vail area, winter is the time to turn your love of plants indoors and give houseplants some extra attention. Many common varieties of houseplants require little maintenance. But as houseplants grow, they need to be repotted into progressively larger pots so that their roots do not become cramped.
Here are a few tips on how to repot houseplants for ongoing life and growth:-Is the plant ready to be repotted? Check its roots to find out. If white roots are starting to protrude from the pot’s drainage holes, or if roots are beginning to appear at the surface of the soil, then the plant is likely rootbound–and ready to repot.
-Gather supplies: A new pot (about 2 inches larger in diameter than the old pot); a small trowel; scissors or knife; potting soil; gloves; water.
-Prepare a repotting space by spreading newspaper out along a table or workbench to make the cleanup process easier. Wear gloves to protect hands.
-Lightly water the plant about an hour before repotting to help the plant’s roots and soil slide out of the pot more easily.
-Slide the plant out of the old container (use knife to help loosen roots, if necessary).
-Prune roots before adding to the plant to the new pot. Pull coiled roots from the sides and the bottom of the plant, and then trim them to help promote new root growth.
-Add potting soil to the bottom of the new pot; adjust the soil level to allow the plant to sit about an inch from the top of the new pot.
-Center the new plant in the pot, and then add potting soil around the sides until it is securely in place. Compress the new soil slightly, but don’t pack it in too tight.
-Water the new container to help the plant and potting mix settle into place.
For more details about ongoing houseplant care, specific types of potting soil, and more, see the February issue of Vail Valley HOME for an article by Wildflower Farm owner Marty Jones about how to repot a houseplant his winter. Find the current issue of HOME at local, Vail-area newsstands, or check it out online at www.vvhmag.com.
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