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Jun 3, 2020 7:43 PM CST
Calgary, Alberta
Hello! I bought some indoor plants from Ikea yesterday, and I just noticed that my Jade plant and Spider plant both have roots that are growing out of the drainage holes! I've heard not to re-pot plants too early, so I am wondering what I should do with them!

Thank you!
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Jun 3, 2020 7:50 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Leave them alone. Roots coming out of the drainage holes is a really good sign. It is not a bad sign!
The alternate would be a small root system trying to support a struggling plant as opposed to a great root system supporting a beautiful plant. Which option do you prefer???!
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Jun 3, 2020 7:56 PM CST
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
Welcome!

Do the plants look way oversized for the pots? Do they fall over if you don't hold them up, or put rocks on them so they stay upright?

If not.......DON'T REPOT!
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Jun 3, 2020 7:57 PM CST
Calgary, Alberta
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Ok! Thank you! I'm new to this, so I was alarmed! Those are what they look like, I'm hoping they're starting out relatively healthy!
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Jun 3, 2020 7:59 PM CST
Calgary, Alberta
CPPgardener said: Welcome!

Do the plants look way oversized for the pots? Do they fall over if you don't hold them up, or put rocks on them so they stay upright?

If not.......DON'T REPOT!


Thank you!! They are standing up on their own just fine! I posted photos in my other reply!
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Jun 4, 2020 10:16 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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They are fine and will not need repotting for quite a long time.
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Jun 4, 2020 10:16 AM CST
Calgary, Alberta
WillC said:They are fine and will not need repotting for quite a long time.


Thank you!
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