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Planting tips: Repotting done right

As monsoons near the end, a walk down your garden or a look into your balcony garden may give you an idea of whether your plants need a new home. With new spouts, shoots, and roots, some of them may be too big for their current units. With the humidity still hanging in the air, post-monsoon is a good time to repot plants. However, repotting remains one of the trickiest tasks of gardening. You may find that a flourishing plant suddenly starts to droop or wither after you have repotted it. This is because repotting needs to be done accurately and with the right items for the plant to get used to a new setup. However, though repotting is tricky, it is still easy to do.

We are going to share simple step-by-step techniques for you to follow and repot your plants successfully.

1) Begin by choosing a large size pot. From large and deep, shallow and wide, to hanging deep and narrow bottomed planters, different plants require different types of planters. If you find yourself confused, either do research or consult with a gardener or even the salesperson at the nursery. A wrong planter may stifle your plant or loosen its grip. Ensure that you select the one ideal for your plant.

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2) Soil is the most important aspect of repotting. In many cases, when you change the soil the plant is in, it may adversely affect the plant. This is why it is important to know and get the exact potting soil that you had used earlier, just in a larger quantity. The amount of coco peat and soil mix too needs to be correct to get the right mix. Ensure that you get the right soil for your plant to flourish better after repotting.

Find here coco peat and pot mixes

3) While the earlier two tips were about acquiring the needed items, now the actual process of repotting starts. Begin by watering your plant slightly to loosen the soil. After a few minutes, you should be able to gently bring the plant out of its current planter while holding the base of the plant firmly. Make sure to not pull too hard, lest you hurt or rip the plant entirely. Once the plant is out, check the roots for any damage, rot or pests. Use a tool or water sprayer to untangle the roots. Trim them or trim away the rot if needed. You can also get rid of some of the old soil, gently, without disrupting or hurting the root system. The idea is to untangle the roots, clear debris and hard soil bits, and loosen up the root system a bit. Lay it aside gently.

You can find gloves and a tool known as the kurpa for the job.

4) The next step is to prepare the new planter. Start by lining the new planter with the new, slightly damp potting mix soil. It should be just 2-3 inches or so at the base and make sure to not press it. Now place the plant inside softly and slowly fill soil around the plant. Do not press down in an attempt to fill more soil. The roots need to have room to breathe and grow around. Simply laying the soil is the best way to achieve that.

Find here another handy tool, known as a cultivator, for the job. You can spray plant food to nourish it and improve growth.

5) You do not need to fill the soil up to the brim of the planter. Ensure that you leave at least 2 or 3 inches of space at the base. Sprinkle some water in the newly repotted plant and keep it at the desired location. You may also trim dry leaves or twigs. Also, keeping a planter water can at hand will make it easier to take regular care of your growing plant baby.

Repotting is an easy process if you are able to do it accurately and carefully. Once you’ve acquired all that you need, boldly embark on this journey. It is always a pleasure to watch your green beauties grow blissfully.

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