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How to Re-pot your Houseplants

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March & April are the months I re-pot my tropicals. I have quite a few houseplants, well over 100 (it's an addiction, I know) so it takes a while to get them all transplanted. And I don't do all of them every year...I'd like to, but I don't.
Some rules of thumb (green thumb? haha) -
Only go up one pot size when re-potting.
Cover the drainage holes with broken clay pots or I use a coffee filter.
Use a good lightweight potting soil (never soil from your gardens!), and never use soil that comes with fertilizer in it.
Add micorrhiza to the soil and make sure the roots are in contact with it.
Never plant your plants deeper than the pots they start in.
Water well.
Do not use fertilizer for a few weeks after re-potting.
Use aspirin to help weak or stressed plants.
For the full story and more information, visit my blog. http://dewdropgardens.blogspot.ca/2013/04/how-to-re-pot-tropical-houseplants.html

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  • Linda Schwartz
    Linda Schwartz Otterbein, IN

    anyone have special tips for orchids? my leaves are huge compared to the pot it's in

  • Annette K
    Annette K Moore, SC

    Just what it needed, thanks

  • Debbie Borthwick

    @Linda Schwartz how long has it been in the pot it's currently in? Is it flowering right now? What type of orchid is it?
    Never repot when your orchid is flowering. If the roots are coming out the top of the pot, it would be good to repot. Remove any

  • Linda Schwartz
    Linda Schwartz Otterbein, IN

    http://www.hometalk.com/debbieborthwick I don't know how long it's been in the pot and it is not flowering now. It came out of someone's trash and I've had it for about a year. The leaves are big but I've never seen it flower so I don't know what

  • Debbie Borthwick

    Stress it. Move it to an area where it gets less light, don't fertilize, lightly water...stressing will usually cause the orchid to send out flower shoots. Good luck, @Linda Schwartz!

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