Spring has sprung for us down here in the Southern Hemisphere and I couldn’t be happier. The atmosphere is warmer, the days are getting longer, the air feels fresher and my plants are about to take off! Well, they are now after repotting them.
I have a few Monstera deliciosas around the house but I’d been noticing they’d gone dormant. I thought this may have been due to the non-growth season, but upon further inspection, I realised they were completely root bound. They had taken up all the room in their homes and had no more space to grow.
We had an early wake up with a spring in our step with the sun shining brightly, the weather was stunning and my little boy Len was desperate to get outside. So, on went our gardening clothes and boots and out we went for a much needed dose of fresh air, vitamin D and a play with some dirt.
I realised that repotting plants may seem completely strange, boring and foreign to some, thanks to a good friend popping by for a cuppa and clearly looking confused with all my plant babble and excitement of plant babies.
Long story short, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, but would like to gain further insight, I’ve noted down a few steps I take when repotting plants. If you , like me, notice a plant is looking a little on the top heavy side of life, hasn’t sprouted a new growth for a few months and you’re feeling like water doesn’t even have space to go in it’s current pot, keep reading. I’ve put together a step by step guide that I follow to repot my plants.
Extremely top heavy plant.
Hasn’t had new growth for a very long time, even though there is a new stem waiting to shoot out.
Removing from old pot
When trying to remove from current pot, roots are holding it back as they’re poking through the drainage holes in desperation for room to grow. Keep pulling at it, these will need a trim.
The ball of overgrown roots. Anyone else come up with sexual innuendos in their minds when saying these words!? Lol.
Give the roots a snip!
They need a good haircut, trimmed right back and rustled up a bit before repotting into fresh soil.
The larger, new pot that the plant is hopping into.
Before placing the trimmed down plant roots into the new pot, fill it about 1/3 to 1/2 with potting mix, depending on the size of the remaining root ball. I use an all purpose potting mix from Bunnings and it hasn’t ever let me down. Place the plant in and continue to add potting mix to cover all the roots. Compact down slightly with your hands to ensure the plant is stable and won’t fall over.
Water in your plant
Because Spring is the growing season and these plants were due for a feed, I added some liquid fertiliser to the water to water them in. Again, Bunnings keep me stocked up with Garden Basics Liquid Plant Food Concentrate and my plants love it. I gave them quite a good soaking and left them to drain on the pebbles and bask in the sun for a couple of hours before bringing them inside again.
Repotted, happy plants
Now to bring them in and watch them grow!
Note. I am not a plant expert, rather someone who loves plants. All words and images are my own and all advice is from my personal findings.
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