I was looking at some of the plants I have sitting in my from window today and realised it really is time to transplant a few of them. My “Wandering Jew”(pilea peperomioides) is HUGE, hanging over a meter in length and there is another unknown plant in the pot as well.
And then there is the ugliest plant I have, it looks like a giant dandelion.
Why do I have it? Well it is actually a Gerber Daisey I decided to bring inside for the winter. Last summer it looked like this.
I am sure both of the plants are root bound and could use a good transplant.
Step 1, Setting upa good place to work so that I don’t get yelled at too much from my wife for making a mess =)
Step 2, Mixing my soil. I used to just use a “potting soil”, but I am now using a mixture of 50% Pearlie and 50% peat moss with a little organic in it. Here is the separate piles.
Step 3, removing the pots. Let me tell you, removing a hanging plant that is as big as that Wandering Jew is not an easy task. The plant material weighs a lot and manipulating it in and out of a pot is bound to break off a lot of the plant. But look how much the plant needed to be re-potted. OMG ROOT BOUND!
Now that is a long root. Looking at the root I actually think it is not from the Wandering Jew but from the other unknown plant in the pot. I will have to find out what it is called one of these days.
In order to transfer your plant into the new pot measure how much soil will need to go into the bottom by setting the root ball into the pot and lifting it until it looks right. The top of the soil should be about 2.5cm(1inch) from the rim of the pot. Then put the new soil all around the plant and tamp it in with your fingers. After the plant in re-potted water very well until water runs out the bottom and don’t put in extremely bright sunlight for a couple days.
The Gerber Daisey was not nearly as root bound, but hopefully re-potting it will help keep it healthy.
Here is the plants in their new home looking happy.
Remember how I said lots of parts will break off of a big hanging plant? OOPS
Well the nice thing about this plant is that if you just stick this broken bit back in the soil it will easily grow roots. I would recommend this plant as it is one of the easiest house plants to grow while still being rewarding.
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