How to repot A Spider plant - Knowledgebase Question

Alpine, AZ (Zone 5B)
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Question by ms4
April 12, 2005
How can i re-pot My Wifes spider plant? I Have tryed three times And Only succeed in killing it. And How often do i need to water the plant?
Thank's Mark Smith

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2005
I am not sure why you are having trouble repotting, but sometimes a very overgrown and rootbound plant will not transplant so well. For this reason many people simply pot up the "babies" or offsets that develop and discard the original plant. That way you have a vigorous young plant to grow on. When you repot, water the plant thoroughly the day before. Move up one pot size (do not go to a waaay bigger pot), and use a soil mix that matches the soil mix the plant is already growing in. Use potting soil, not garden soil or top soil. Use a container with drain holes in the bottom to let excess water drain out. Set the plant in the new pot and make sure the new soil is in good contact with the roots all the way around. The plant should be at the same depth as it grew before. If the roots are matted, you may need to loosen them or shave a bit off the sides to encourage the roots to grow outward into the new soil. Water well to settle air pockets and make sure the water soaks into both the old and new soil. Let the excess water drain out. Let the plant rest for a day or two in a shady spot before returning it to its original location and light conditions.

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I hope this helps!

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