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Hoyaaddict avatar @Hoyaaddict · 4M
Should you repot? I am seeing an increasing number of posts about repotting new plants into larger pots. Most of the time this is completely unnecessary and it can really detriment the growth and development of your plant. After initially being stressed out after moving from nursery/shop to your home with different lighting and watering, you remove it from it’s snug home. Then you accidentally tear some roots off while cleaning soil off or detangling the roots. Then it is placed (more often than not) in a much larger pot, which could also be glazed or lack a drainage hole (recipe for disaster, there’s no way the soil can breathe and roots need air too) You think, “my baby will have lots of space now to grow big and strong, I know these plants can get huge” and this feels like a great decision. But under the soil a different story unfolds… the tiny torn roots whilst in shock begin trying to establish itself in this new home. There is so much moist soil to the left, right and below, the root systems try its best to drain what’s around it, but it can’t reach the edges of the pot or beneath. A week later, You see the top of the soil has dried and your plant looks a little sad, so you give it a water. Now the soil is wet, the roots cannot keep up, cannot grow fast enough, cannot find air to breathe or dry out, so they start to rot. Slowly your plant starts to decline, you wonder why it’s leaves are yellowing/stems are bending/mushy cores. You’ve only watered it twice so how can it be an overwatering issue? It’s because the roots were not large enough to deal with so much water in so much soil so it stagnates. “But plants live in the ground and that’s really large” you think to yourself, this is true but outside in the ground there are so many other factors at play. You have wind, deep drainage, competitive plant roots, insects and small animals all affecting the water system, you have none of this in your plant pot, not even a worm to help air the soil. This is why small snug pots are often best for your plants. Good soil is also an important factor, but I won’t go into that here. Yes, sometimes your plant really does need a repot! If the soil is bad for example, you can wait a few weeks after purchase to prevent shocking the plant, then repot in the exact same pot size but with better aerated soil. Even if a plant is becoming too top heavy and is falling over, it doesn’t necessarily need a larger pot, but you could place it in a heavier cover pot to keep it weighted down. Plants generally only need to go up in size pot wise when they have a really extensive root system, roots taking up 50% of your pot or more. Sorry for the long post, I wanted to explain clearly so the mechanics are understandable. I hope this helps some, happy growing #HappyPlants #NewPlantMom #RootRot I added a few pics of my babies happy still in tiny pots 5cm and one in a 7cm pot with a heavy cover pot to prevent toppling over. #TipsandTricks