Wow, thank you. That was immensely helpful. What you wrote here makes a lot of sense and thanks for putting it like this. Especially this:
> Imagine your plant's roots densely occupying the top layer but not the soil underneath it. They will not be able to properly access that water until they root into it.
I'd never really thought about that to be honest and yet it makes perfect sense.
Will absolutely keep your advice here in mind regarding tackling watering in the new containers, and figuring out the frequency. Hadn't really dawned on me that the frequency would change after the repot. On this plant in particular I actually think I might have tripled if not more his soil volume, the container he was in was super tiny. (The one I repotted from the aluminum tray though, yeah I think he's probably only doubled if not a bit more.)
As for this plants condition - I do not believe this plant has worsened today - so you're right, maybe he's just been bothered by the repot.
> Your plant from the wide tray may have evacuated the water from the top layer after 3 days or so, but I suspect the bottom is still wet, and you really should wait a full week at this point. That's what I would do anyway.
Wow thanks, I had not actually thought of it like that. Didn't really think much about the water on the bottom. I will wait the full week - they look a little droopy - but stable now. Only about 3 days time now
Sorry for the extra bother by posting this thread, I just wanted to be cautious. I feel like I've worked so hard to bring them this far, and just wanted to make sure I didn't do something foolish in the repot like neglect watering when they needed it. Next goal will be shifting outside