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Hofferman
Jun 12, 2020 7:10 PM CST
Hi there,
How do you repot a non root bound spider plant? If It's root bound, what steps would I take then? Plant Is still In It's nursery pot and the 2nd image Is the pot I was going to use. Any details would be awesome! Thank you!

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oneeyeluke
Jun 13, 2020 12:11 AM CST
Your plant is thriving in the container you have now and if you change it, into a larger container you may cause it some problems. If it's not broke don't fix it, is a good choice when up potting or transplanting a healthy plant.

With all that being said, if you do up-pott, keep the container only two inches larger to better manage watering. If you put your plant into a large pot you will add more water with each watering and the plant won't be able to dry out enough before the next waterings, so keep the pot small.
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Bend, Or.
Hofferman
Jun 13, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Thank you for your advice! I appreciate It. I should have posted a better pic though. I actually just have my spider plant In a nursery pot. It's thriving In it's pot, but he's starting to get root bound.
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WillC
Jun 13, 2020 1:19 PM CST
Once it is truly rootbound and needs repotting, here are my suggestions:

1. Move it up one size only to a pot with drain holes.
2. Loosen the outer roots of the rootball just a bit. Sometimes a fork helps. Otherwise, disturb the roots as little as possible and don't remove any soil.
3. Use a soilless peat-based potting mix.
4. Put some potting mix in the bottom of the larger pot but no stones. Set the rootball on top of that and fill in the sides with the potting mix. Do NOT add any potting mix to the TOP of the original rootball.
5. Water thoroughly and add more potting mix if some of it sinks in around the sides.
6. You will have to adjust your watering after repotting as the added soil will not dry out as quickly as it did in the smaller pot.
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