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Name: April
Ohio
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May 11, 2020 4:09 PM CST
Hello all!

I am planning to re-pot this moonshine that I recently purchased. From the photo you can tell it has sufficiently out grown it's current home. Before re-potting I wanted to get a few other second opinions. I am planning on using bonsai jack's succulent soil for the potting since it will be going in a plastic planter to provide a good amount of drainage. I wanted to see what others thought. I don't normally re-pot/transplant because I have never had good luck with it. So, I don't know if I should completely clean the roots of the old soil or it I could just place the soil and all in the new stuff. I know when root rot is involved you should clean the roots but I wasn't sure if that applied to a health plant.

Bonus question: Should I fertilize when I transplant? I know sansevieria's usually don't need food but thought it may help acclimation. (we are transitioning from spring to summer right now by the way)

Sincerely,
Someone who has never had luck with transplanting.
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sallyg
May 11, 2020 11:59 PM CST
"Don't repot that plant."
It is fine.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 12, 2020 9:10 AM CST
I agree with Sally. It is a common misperception that any roots that wander out of a drain hole means the plant needs repotting. Your Sansevieria will do best when kept quite potbound so that the soil dries out more quickly after each watering. Its roots will suffocate if the soil around the roots stays too damp for too long.

Unnecessary repotting is a very common problem and usually not needed. When it is needed, the rootball should be left intact. It is never a good idea to remove the original soil because that tears away the vital, but tiny roothairs. I think you will have more success with your plants if you avoid repotting them. Plastic nursery pots can be double-potted inside more attractive planters if you prefer.

(Fertilizer does not help with any transition.)
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kniphofia
May 12, 2020 9:19 AM CST
That's a nice specimen. Don't repot and don't feed.

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