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brookealisha
May 24, 2020 6:34 PM CST
Hi everyone. My husband and I recently bought a home, and with all the extra room we are filling it with house plants. We have about 16 plants so far and 22 decorative planters with only a handful of plants actually fitting into the planters we bought. Either the nursery pots (the black liners) are too much of a "V" shape, the nursery pots are taller than the planters with the same diameter, or the nursery pot sinks too far into the planter, hiding half of the plant. I like the idea of using the nursery pots to actually plant the plants in, with using decorative planters only to hold the nursery pots. The reason I'd like to do this is because I don't really like saucers, and if the plants are planted directly into the decorative pots, I would imagine I would need saucers to avoid water draining out onto the floor or furniture. With using nursery pots, I can take the plants out of the decorative planters to water, letting them drain outside of the planter.

My questions are: 1. Is it a good idea to use nursery pots, or is planting directly into the decorative planter better? How do I make sure I don't have a water issue if I don't use saucers? 2. If using nursery pots is ok, how do I go about fitting them with decorative planters? Do I need to buy nursery pots that better fit the planters to repot the plants into? Is it common to put smaller nursery pots into larger decorative pots with a bit of gravel at the bottom to lift the nursery pot?

I was hoping that for the most part a 6" plant would fit a 6" decorative planter, but it has not been that straightforward so far! I appreciate any advice you can give me!

P.S. Suggestions about where to buy nursery pots might be helpful as well! The stores that I have checked have limited options.
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DaisyI
May 24, 2020 7:14 PM CST
Welcome!

That's a lot of questions. Let me try to answer. You are smart to not transplant your new plants. Its hard enough for a plant to acclimate to a new environment without adding the stress of repotting. Don't fertilize. If, down the road, you feel the need to fertilize, cut the strength on the package in half and use it only once every couple months.

The easiest way to make sure the potted plants fit the decorative pots is to buy them at the same time. Then you can slip the plant/pot in the the outer pot and check the fit.

For the shorter pots, you can put a couple rocks under the nursery pots to lift them higher. For the ones that are too short, you could add decorative moss around the edges to hide the height discrepancy.

I have seen nursery pots for sale on line but, not usually in nurseries or stores as they want to sell you more expensive pots.
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May 24, 2020 8:18 PM CST

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You could get pots at Target, Ross, Marshall's, Walmart, and of course Home Depot or Lowes.
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WillC
May 25, 2020 10:14 AM CST
Double-potting is the right way to go, but as you have discovered fitting a round peg into a square hole doesn't work! Changing the size of the nursery pots is not an option because that disturbs the roots and can cause lots of other problems.

The only viable and long-term solution is to get decorative planters that are large enough to accommodate the nursery pots that your plants are now in. I now that is more expensive than replacing the nursery pots, but your plants will last a lot longer if you leave the roots and soil undisturbed.

I like to spread some Spanish moss over the surface as a top dressing and to disguise the double-potting.
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brookealisha
May 26, 2020 8:43 AM CST
Thank you for your replies!

I do have one follow-up question. I have a couple of plants I bought that I do need to re-pot eventually. When I bought them they were root-bound. I know some plants like to be slightly root-bound before re-potting, but a couple of my plants are really, really root-bound.

My plan was to give them 2-3 weeks to acclimate to my house before re-potting. Is that enough time to let them get used to their new surroundings, or should I wait a little longer?
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WillC
May 26, 2020 9:20 AM CST
@brookealisha Welcome! Can you post a photo of your new plants that shows how they are now potted? What makes you say they are "really, really rootbound?"
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DaisyI
May 26, 2020 9:23 AM CST
Two to three weeks should be enough time to acclimate to new surroundings.
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