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Jun 14, 2020 1:27 PM CST
|I recently got this guy and he was THRIVING in a smaller 4" or 6" plastic pot, extremely root bound. I brought him home and repotted him into a bigger pot, maybe 10" or 12" and he is losing leaves fast! The top soil all the way down finger deep feels dry and You can feel slight moisture alittle deeper but nothing wet or damp. Idk if I maybe over watered him last time i watered (online said to water until it runs out the bottom) or if its transplant shock, or over fertilizer (I used "superthrive") , bad soil?( I used miracle grow potting soil) or bug spray? (I used maggies farm 3 in 1 garden spray and rinsed with water) possibly my home getting to cold at night time?? It droppes down the the fifties sometimes at night with the rain we've been having!! Can the sun do this? Or lack of sun?? Help? Should I take him out rinse his roots? Leave him in? The leaves are turning to mush so im scared of watering him again 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️
Jun 15, 2020 12:18 AM CST
|When you transplanted your plant into a larger container you raised the water volume above what the plant can take. When the larger container holds more water than it can dry out in 7 days the result is over-watering or soggy roots. You want to have the size of pot that allows only one water per week.
Remove as much as the new soil off the old soil to allow the bottom to dry more. If you lift the container and its super heavy that means too much water. It looks like the plant is planted too deep and removing a inch or two off the top should help it dry faster. Let the soil dry well before watering again and keep the bottom drainage holes clear to allow more air into the bottom.
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Jun 15, 2020 9:55 AM CST
When you repotted, how much of the original soil did you remove? How long ago was that?
How do you determine when the soil is dry enough to water?
Have you seen any pests?
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