You’re beautiful plants are blooming wonderfully. They are getting bigger everyday. It is very exciting to see your indoor plants growing larger. Now comes the next step in plantcare. Repotting your plants. This step can come after sprouting or after they have grown too large for the pot they were seeded in.
Once your seed is planted, many factors come into play like nutrient rich soil, sunshine, temperature and water to help germinate your seeds. The nutrients are quickly used up by this process so you can either add nutrients or repot the sprouts into fresh nutrient rich soil in a bigger pot for them to grow in.
There is nothing more fulfilling as a gardener or plant enthusiast then to see your newly planted seeds have sprouted. Now that it has sprouted the soil needs to be replenished. You can achieve this by fertilizing your sprouts or repotting them.
Before repotting, consider how large you want your plants to become and how much space you have to grow them. The bigger the space, the more room they will have to grow larger. Pots keep your plants tightly nestled into a space. They will still grow but may need to be repotted more frequently. Whereas grow bags, keep them nestled but are made of more flexible material such as jute to conserve on space. Additionally, it is much easier to repot a plant from a grow bag than from a terracotta or ceramic pot. This is because you have to loosen the soil in the pot that is tightly packed within the container and around the roots of your plant. Grow bags allow plant roots to breathe, they are easy to store and provide drainage when watering.
When repotting a plant, you want to take precaution. It is best to not shock the plant when transporting it from one pot or grow bag to the next location. If you have ever moved homes, it takes some getting used to when moving from one place to the other. Water them a few hours before so the rootball is damp. Delicately move them by reaching your hands in the soil and lifting them from the bottom. Do not pull from their top or tamper with their roots by touching them too much. Prune the roots by clipping the roots that hang below the rootball.
It is good to have some remnants of the soil they were just in still surrounding them and attached to their roots when moving from one location to the next. Think of it as giving them a smoother transition. You wouldn’t throw away every piece of furniture before moving into a new home, would you?
Always choose a slightly larger pot or grow bag before transporting. Be sure it is has a drainage hole. Put fresh soil at the bottom of the new pot first, then add your plant. Surround the rootball with more fresh soil. Water your plant immediately but do not fertilize your plant right away.
Repotting is key to maintaining a healthy plant. Follow these guidelines and treat them like the living creatures they are. They will reward you with their magnificent growth and prosperity!