Pot size - Knowledgebase Question

port saint lucie, Fl
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Question by pietraz96
November 7, 2009
I bought two money trees.
One of them is in a 10 in planter and I bought an 8 inch. planter for the other one. I think the 8inch one might be too small. The tree tag says it can grow 3-5 ft. Both of my plants are indoors. So do you think the 8inch with be ok?

Answer from NGA
November 7, 2009
Pot sizes depend upon the size of the roots of your plant so I can't tell without looking at the plant whether the 8 inch pot will be large enough. Obviously you will have difficulty moving a plant from a 10 inch pot into an 8 inch pot, but you can certainly plant something from a smaller pot into your 8 inch pot. We generally recommend you pot a plant up in a container that is only 2-3 inches wider and deeper than its rootmass. As it begins to outgrow the container you can repot it into a slightly larger container. Moving your plants up into larger and larger containers keeps the soil within the container from going sour and also reminds you to repot with fresh potting soil each time you move a plant up to a larger container. So the money tree that is in a 10 inch pot now should be repotted into a 12 inch pot when the roots begin to escape through the drainage holes of the 10 inch pot. As for your 8 inch pot, you won't know if it is large enough until you unpot your second money tree and inspect the root mass. I hope it works!

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