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Posted 1M ago by @PlantSuccer

To repot or not to repot?

I have two calatheas from ikea, three birds of paradise from ikea, and a peace lily from Home Depot that all came with roots coming out of the drainage holes. I’m scared do repot the calatheas in particular because they’re so fussy, but I think I have to? The BoPs are egregious. They have thick roots swirling around the bottom of the pot. Idk. #RepotSeason #HappyPlants #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #PlantAddict #BirdOfParadise #CalatheaCrew #PeaceLily
2ft to light, indirect
5” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 weeks ago
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@PlantSuccer Hello πŸ‘‹ again.

When repotting a Calathea, here are some steps you can follow:

1. Choose the right time: It's best to repot a Calathea during the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. This allows it to recover more quickly from the repotting process.

2. Select a suitable pot: Choose a pot that is slightly larger in diameter than the current pot. Ensure that the new pot has drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging.

3. Prepare the new pot: Fill the bottom of the new pot with a layer of well-draining potting mix. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and a small amount of sand or orchid bark can work well for Calatheas.

4. Gently remove the plant from its current pot: Carefully turn the pot upside down and tap the sides to loosen the plant. Gently slide the plant out, supporting the base of the stems with your hand.

5. Inspect the roots: Take a look at the roots and check for any signs of rot or damage. If you notice any unhealthy roots, trim them with clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.

6. Place the plant in the new pot: Position the Calathea in the center of the new pot, making sure it is at the same depth as it was in the previous pot. Add more potting mix around the sides, gently pressing it down to secure the plant.

7. Water the plant: After repotting, give the plant a thorough watering to settle the soil and help the roots establish. Allow any excess water to drain out completely.

8. Provide proper care: Place the repotted Calathea in a location with bright, indirect light. Calatheas prefer slightly moist soil, so water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry. Maintain a consistent level of humidity around the plant by misting the leaves or using a humidifier.

Remember to monitor the plant closely after repotting and adjust your care routine as needed. Calatheas can be sensitive to changes, so it's important to provide them with a stable and suitable environment.
@PlantSuccer I hope this helps:

When dealing with plants that have roots that are circling around the root ball, it's important to address the issue of root-bound plants during repotting. Here's how you can carefully repot them without damaging the roots:

1. Choose the right pot size: Select a new pot that is slightly larger in diameter than the current pot. This will provide enough space for the roots to spread out without overwhelming the plant.

2. Prepare the plant: Before repotting, water the plant thoroughly. This helps to hydrate the roots and make them more pliable, making it easier to untangle them.

3. Loosen the root ball: Gently tap the sides of the current pot to loosen the root ball. You can also use your fingers to carefully tease out the roots from the edges of the root ball. Be patient and take your time to avoid damaging the roots.

4. Untangle circling roots: If you notice roots that are circling around the root ball, gently untangle them using your fingers. Gently separate the roots and encourage them to grow outward instead of in a circular pattern. Be careful not to break or tear the roots in the process.

5. Place the plant in the new pot: Position the plant in the center of the new pot, making sure it is at the same depth as it was in the previous pot. Add fresh potting mix around the sides, gently pressing it down to secure the plant. Ensure that the untangled roots are spread out in a natural manner.

6. Water and settle the soil: After repotting, water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil and eliminate any air pockets around the roots. Allow any excess water to drain out completely.

7. Adjust care routine: After repotting, monitor the plant closely and adjust your care routine as needed. Be mindful of watering, ensuring the soil is allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Provide the plant with appropriate light conditions and any specific care requirements it may have.

By following these steps and being gentle with the roots, you can successfully repot a plant with circling roots while minimizing damage and promoting healthy growth.
REPOT!!!
I would repot😊 IKEA is not known to take care of their plants, so it will be a good idea to check the state of the roots sooner rather than later😊
Tip: I would repot just to inspect the roots but if you have to cut any roots back or the roots are but positioned badly and not compacted- I would not necessarily upsize. Just position better in better soil & either use same pot or same pot size.
@Vinxy2 what are poorly positioned roots and what are well positioned roots? I have no idea what that means
@KikiGoldblatt thank you for all of this amazing detail!
@MockingJay I was actually blown away by how good the calatheas looked! no brown tips! They seem to have brown tips if we even look at them the wrong way at home
I wouldn’t use sand on Calatheas… It’s a wild card if they’ll like it or not… your main soil, perlite, and orchid bark is honestly your best bet.
Sometimes with my Calatheas, Ctenanthes,& Stromanthes, I find they they only need a lift. So what I’ll do is not disturb the root ball but lift roots back through the hole and wrap it upwards along the side of the rootball and add soil to the bottom of the nursery pot then set the plant back down into the same pot. I only repot when they’ve expanded out horizontally. Works for me πŸ˜‰ hope this helps.
Do not repot a Calathea unless it is absolutely necessary. They get super pissed and in my experience, often don’t recover unless they are happier in their new environment than their old home. Make sure. Lol
@Swellsquid768 this is brilliant. I wish I’d read it before repotting them. Pray for them lol
@HpflHeart eek. Already did. So far not too bad but I don’t like the look of the new leaf right now. Not sure if it’s normal. My pinstripe calathea has white mold in the drainage holes of the growers pot. Do I need to repot into one of same size to get rid of it