Repotting your plants: Quick Facts

repotting hydroponic plants
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repotting hydroponic plants
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So when do you repot your plants?

I prefer it when I notice the roots of my plants emerging from the soil or the drainage hole. It’s always good to repot your plants when you get them from nursery. Observe if your plant’s growth has slowed down or the roots have coiled up at the bottom of the pot. Repotting the plants in spacious medium allows more oxygen and room to expand.

Spring is a good choice to repot your plants or that plants that bloom in winter should be done in early fall, after their dormant period. Space is important. A smaller pot won’t do and a larger one can cause root rot. Remember the top of the plant won’t grow until its roots begin to fill the container. A pot that’s much larger gives the roots too much space to grow into. So you go to note that the new pot is no more than 2 inches wider at the rim or 2 inches deeper than the old pot. Just take care to choose a container that has enough drainage holes to allow excess water to escape.

Sanitize your pre used pots by scrubbing the inner surface or by soaking them in a solution of one part chlorine bleach to nine parts water. Rinse well with clear water. However, new clay pots are supposed to be soaked in plain water for few hours before repotting the plants else they end up soaking moisture from the soil leaving plants thirsty

Now, take the plant from original pot and loosen it a bit without hurting the root ball. The roots if coiled up will straighten up. If the soil is hardened, add some water and shake a bit with your fingertips. You can prune the roots. This facilitates new root growth and helps establish in new container. Then fill the new container with potting mix, place the plant in the center, cover the rest of root part with potting mix. That’s it! Water enough to moisten it and you’re done!

Keep a watch on your new plant set up. Do not expose it to direct sun right away because sun can be too harsh on a weakened plant. Check the moisture levels. High humidity sometimes helps a newly repotted plant recover. There is a misconception about fertilizers. Most of us believe the more you add the better for plants so don’t rush in to dump your new plant with fertilizers. Its roots have likely been cut and can suffer from fertilizer burn. Wait at least a month before fertilizing when its root system is better established.

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