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Calgary, Alberta
tstepan1
Jun 3, 2020 7:43 PM CST
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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BigBill
Jun 3, 2020 7:50 PM CST
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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CPPgardener
Jun 3, 2020 7:56 PM CST
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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Calgary, Alberta
tstepan1
Jun 3, 2020 7:57 PM CST


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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!
Calgary, Alberta
tstepan1
Jun 3, 2020 7:59 PM CST
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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WillC
Jun 4, 2020 10:16 AM CST
They are fine and will not need repotting for quite a long time.
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Calgary, Alberta
tstepan1
Jun 4, 2020 10:16 AM CST
WillC said:They are fine and will not need repotting for quite a long time.


Thank you!

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