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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Feb 2, 2017 12:30 PM CST
When I move plants into new pots and they get stressed what are somethings I can do to help the plant get through this process with as little stress as possible?


My daughter has just repotted one of her plants and its doing the same as mine. The stalks looks wrinkled leaves turning yellow and weak.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 2, 2017 12:57 PM CST
Plants will acclimate slowly, just got to give it time to do so in new set-up. I try not to be too inclined to overwater and also delay applying fertilizer. Got to let the plant recover a bit. Oftentimes in the eagerness to see plant recovery, some tend to water too much, ending up with a very soggy media or applying too much fertilizer, so it may just end up causing leaf and root burn. Just try to keep media moderately moist, give watering intervals and keep it warm.

And ideally for me, I do my repot in Spring, not in the height of winter. Light is too weak, ambient conditions are much cooler than usual, and some plants are just not actively growing in winter, so the end part, as one repots, the tendency to overwater is high, since the plant is not really consuming a lot of water during winter. Best to wait for its usual growing vigor in Spring.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Feb 2, 2017 1:29 PM CST
Thank you! Great info!!!
Name: Leslie
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Lalambchop1
Feb 2, 2017 3:20 PM CST
I haven't grown the plant you showed but when I transplant I do a bare root soak or water the newly potted plant with Super Thrive. It's not fertilizer, more like a tonic. You can find it at Walmart.
Leslie

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 2, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Another important thing to do is not to place any plant under stress in the direct sunlight. Some light is needed but bright shade is enough, then gradually move it back to the amount of light it is used to.

Like Tarev, I repot a lot of my plants in the spring, then park them in the shade of my oak trees for at least a month until they're showing lusty new growth before gradually introducing them to the full sunshine.
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Name: Leslie
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Lalambchop1
Feb 2, 2017 6:30 PM CST
I have some plants I got last fall in their original 4x4 containers. I'm wondering if it wouldn't be better to risk stress and put them in a larger container now, especially since we're having a very mild winter.
Leslie

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