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Thorny Re-Potting Chores

By Bubbles
February 24, 2013

For those “thorny” re-potting chores when a cactus, bromeliad, rose or other sticky plant outgrows its pot, try this.

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Name: Mary
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MaryE
Feb 23, 2013 9:43 PM CST
It's one of those "why didn't I think of this?" ideas. Thank you.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 23, 2013 10:03 PM CST
Absolutely clever and for me, timely. I have a selection of bromeliads in need of repotting. Thanks much for the great idea!

Any great ideas for dividing? {{{ouch}}}
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 23, 2013 10:04 PM CST

And thank you, Mary. It works even better with cacti!
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Bubbles
Feb 23, 2013 10:06 PM CST
Pod, you'll need long gloves and a big knife.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 23, 2013 10:09 PM CST
I was thinking maybe a machete with a long handle and longer blade. I am not sure I'll divide it, maybe try your idea to just pot it up. Thanks much...
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 23, 2013 10:32 PM CST
Works great and saves you from scratches!
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Feb 23, 2013 11:15 PM CST

I'm going to try this, thanks!!!!!

Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 24, 2013 7:29 AM CST
Let me know if it works for you, Marilyn.
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 24, 2013 7:50 AM CST
Now why didn't I think of that? Hilarious!

Wonderful tip! Thanks Bubbles.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Feb 24, 2013 8:30 AM CST
I love this tip! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 24, 2013 9:05 AM CST
Well, thanks guys!
Name: Mary
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MaryE
Feb 24, 2013 11:57 AM CST
Kristi, do you have one of those electric knives with a set of blades that are about a foot long? That would work to saw the roots apart. Otherwise, see if you can turn it upside down or on it's side with the top hanging over the edge of a table, and just keep massaging the root ball until the individual ones come out.
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KyWoods
Feb 24, 2013 4:43 PM CST
Pretty smart! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 24, 2013 5:40 PM CST
I love that idea too! Thanks Mary. I know I must need a new electric knife for the kitchen and the old one will be perfect for that use. I've used a drywall saw in the past but that is "too hands on" for these types of plants. lol
Name: Mary
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MaryE
Feb 24, 2013 9:22 PM CST
"I know I must need....." You've got it! Hilarious!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 24, 2013 9:29 PM CST
Now you two know that the electric knife was really invented for gardening chores. If it had been meant for meat and bread, well, oh never mind. It's a perfect "plant separator."

Pod, use your old one. You know you don't use it for the Christmas ham. Whistling
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Feb 24, 2013 10:18 PM CST
Bread... every week I bake bread and I love it to slice it neatly but DH did comment a while back that it seemed to be getting dull so I know I must need a new one. No??? lol
Name: Mary
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MaryE
Feb 25, 2013 10:48 AM CST
Kristi, just replace it and see if he says anything!
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Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Feb 25, 2013 12:52 PM CST
You bet ~ it is on my list. I'm thinking a new one for the GH and then when DH buys a new one for the house I will have the old one for a back up.
Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Feb 26, 2013 1:16 PM CST
Oh, and to think I passed up so many electric knives at yard sales! I'll keep an eye out this summer. Hilarious!

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