HOUSE PLANTS - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by claudia96
May 5, 2008
MY PARENTS DIED 2-3 YEARS AGO, AT WHICH TIME I RECEIVED MANY GARDEN DISH PLANTS. NOW THEY SEEM TO REALLY LOOK SICK. THEY PROBABLY NEED TO BE SEPARATED AND BROKEN APART AND RE-PLANTED, I ALWAYS HAVE BETTER LUCK WITH OUTSIDE PLANTING COMPARED TO INSIDE PLANTING, BUT, I REALLY DO WANT TO TRY TO SAVE THESE PLANTS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN DETAIL HOW TO REPLANT, SEPARATE AND WHAT SOILS TO USE.


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Answer from NGA
May 5, 2008

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Nearly all houseplants will benefit from being repotted every few years. Choose containers with adequate drainage holes on the bottom and use a good quality potting soil (such as Miracle-Gro). Moisten the potting soil, then unpot your plants and gently pull them apart without damaging too many roots. It helps to thoroughly water the plants before unpotting them. If you can't work the roots loose from one another you can try swishing the roots in a bucket of water. The water will help untangle the roots and will remove the excess potting soil so you can see what you're doing. Once you have the plants separated, pot each one up in fresh potting soil. Water each one well to remove any air pockets and to help settle the soil.

Best wishes with your houseplants.

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