Houseplants forum: which of these pots should I use to repot African violet babies?

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Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
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Kathy547
Mar 21, 2016 10:10 AM CST
I think these babies need a bigger pot but I'm having trouble finding something. I haven't found a smaller pot than the two shown. I'm thinking these might be too big though. The paper cup I'm not sure about because it's waxy paper. The yogurt cup may be too shallow. I'm thinking maybe those clear solo cups that are wider at the top but not deep like the red cups.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 21, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Hi Kathy, Great growing, your plants look very happy and healthy! Thumbs up

With my bad eyesight I can't tell for certain but all of those empty pots in your photo look a bit large for your AV plants to me. I'd try to find something shallower than those pictured or just a little bit larger than what your lovely plants are already potted in. You might like to post this to the Gesneriad Forum: http://garden.org/forums/view/gesneriads/ so that other members who grow African Violets (and other Gesneriads) can possibly offer advice.

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MacnCheese
Mar 21, 2016 1:06 PM CST
I believe that the pot needs to be 1/3 the diameter of the plant's spread. Meaning, if you have a 12 in. African Violet, it needs a 4 in. pot. It makes them look too large for the pot, but that's the recommendation I've read.

Is there a reason you feel that they need repotted, as in, are they drying out too fast?
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Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Region: Arkansas Region: Louisiana Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathy547
Mar 21, 2016 1:40 PM CST
These are my first AVs but I thought they looked like they were outgrowing their cup.

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MacnCheese
Mar 21, 2016 2:20 PM CST
I understand. Smiling I think following the recommendation of 1/3 the circumference of the plant, yours look fine for now. Thumbs up
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Mar 21, 2016 5:10 PM CST
Kathy---
I am NOT an expert on AV's---they never bloom for me! I am sure is the light they need--and i don't have...

I think a Greek Yogurt cup would be just fine. Use a hot nail to make drainage holes!!!
It is not too big in diam.--and is shallow--as AV's have shallow roots.

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Here is a great way to transplant fragile plants. or--any other plants.

1--Lift the AV from it's current pot and set it aside on a paper towel as is.

2--Get the new container you plan to put it in. Using the old container as a "space saver"--
put it in the new container and nestle it into the new potting mix--firming gently around the rims.
What you are doing is making a "mold" of the old pot in the new pot filled with fresh Mix.
Make sure the soil level stays the same!

3--Now--gently lift the "old AV" (the one you put aside) and place it in the hollow you made with the
old container. Put the AV into it and--VOILA!! A perfect fit! How about that???

4--If needed--firm gently with fingertips-just try not to press around the leaves too much. They are so fragile!

This technique works so well....transplanting any plant--any size--any pot. Just use a lot of TLC....

BTW--This is a great re-potting technique with any size plants or pots. Even large houseplants!
Main thing is--when you are firming the new soil around the inserted old pot--firm it just right--
BUT--keep it level with the rim of the 'old pot"...DO NOT add extra soil above the level it was growing at.
This can lead to slow death of your plant.

Hope your AV's thrive and bloom their heads off.! Gita Lovey dubby

Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 21, 2016 5:54 PM CST
Gita, Thumbs up that is such a great tip! I think you should consider submitting that idea in a tree mail to Trish: http://garden.org/users/profile/Trish/ with a photo. It would be published here on site as a gardening idea/tip and you will receive acorns!
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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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IbisFla
Mar 21, 2016 6:02 PM CST
I agree I've always put the plant into the new pot and tried to fill in around it, and I always make a huge mess. And sometimes it's too low or too high - Gita's way makes a whole lot of sense. I'm going to try it next time I repot! Thank You! Gita
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Mar 26, 2016 8:19 AM CST
Don't be in a hurry to repot your AV's, Kathy. They are in the right sized pot for now and the immediate future. Unnecessary repotting is the single most common cause of plant failure, especially if you are relatively inexperienced with plants.
Will Creed
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