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Posted 1Y ago by @Cadee.marie

Repotting

I’ll start off by saying I haven’t had a chance to look at the roots yet because I don’t have enough hands to do so lol. But does it look like it needs repotted by the size of it? I’ve had it for a year if not 2 by now. And if so what size pot do I get? The one it’s in now is A little over 4 inches. But not quite 4 & 1/2 #HappyPlants #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #PlantAddict #PlantShelfie #PlantTherapy #AfricanViolet
4” pot without drainage
Last watered 11 months ago
Hey there. I would definitely say it’s time for an upgrade on the pot. You want a pot with good drainage not more that 2” bigger than it’s currently in.
@Shaubplantshack I was planning on getting another self watering/ bottom watering one like this one. Also what kind of soil should I use ? I currently have the normal potting kind and also succulent kind. I assume that normal potting kind would be okay?
@Cadee.marie a self watering will be fine. I would still use regular soil mixed with either succulent or orchid bark to help with drainage and aeration
@Shaubplantshack I can definitely do that. Thank you so much!
@Cadee.marie my pleasure! Happy growing!! Ps your violet looks AMAZING!
@Shaubplantshack thank you!! I’m really proud of it. First plant with flowers that that I haven’t managed to kill πŸ˜‚
Gorgeous violet. Yes, do repot.
@Pegster thank you! I will as soon as I get a pot ordered
As an African violet lover, I need to disagree with the advice given. People who specialize in African violets and show them recommend keeping them in pots roughly 1/3 the size of the total plant for best blooms. Use a soil mixed with at least 50% coarse perlite if you are wick watering. (Look at my collection πŸ˜‰)
@PolishDill so as of right now repotting isn’t necessary?
@Cadee.marie I repot mine every 6 months in fresh soil, but I would do it into the same size pot.
@PolishDill okay thank you!! I’ll definitely do that
@PolishDill what soil do you use exactly? Can I get it from Walmart or does it need to be ordered from online?
@Cadee.marie most potting soils will be fine. The important part is the additional perlite. No commercial substrate will have enough perlite for wicking or self watering pots. You can order perlite online. Just stay away from miracle gro soil- it’s hard to control ph because it has added fertilizers.
@PolishDill sweet thank you! I’ll definitely do that
@Cadee.marie once you get it into a routine, they are pretty easy and very rewarding to grow IMO. Yours is beautiful and looks to be in very good shape!
@PolishDill I can definitely agree. It’s one of my favorites for sure. They grow fast too! And thank you!
@PolishDill @Cadee.marie agree. In my experience, repotting needs to be based on the roots, not the size of the plant above the soil.