The Q&A Archives: Repotting A Jade Tree

Question: I have 2 large jade trees and 1 small one, I want to combine them together in 1 Korean "fish bowl" pot. The pot with all 3 trees fits with 2 inches around, but there is no drainage hole at the bottom. Should I fill the bottom with sand or something else to help make sure I don't over water them? What is the best way to repot them?

Answer: Although these plants are not cactus, they do resent overwatering or sitting in water so it is always better to use a pot with a drainage hole. You might try drilling a hole in the pot although this can be risky and I wouldn't suggest it if the pot is valuable or irreplaceable. You might try using a plain pot with drainage hole that would fit inside the decorative pot. You could also possibly use a layer of horticultural charcoal (available where potting mixes are sold) and a thin layer of pebbles or sand at the bottom of the pot, but this is really a compromise solution. When you water be very careful not to over water, and be sparing in your use of fertilizers as there will be no way of flushing out the salts as they build up over time. When you repot, use a soil mix as close to the original as possible and gently tease the roots into the new soil so that they will grow into it. Settle the soil carefully by hand, working it into any crevices between the roots and water the plants in to eliminate any air pockets.

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