Ask a Question forum: Is it safe to repot a plant twice in a week?

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Feb 12, 2018 9:45 PM CST
I finally got my hands on the elusive pilea peperomioides and I'm super excited! I got a terracotta pot to replant the little guy in, but as I was repotting it today, I realized that the pot is actually quite small for the plant. I got a bigger pot today, but I'm worried about repotting the same plant twice in a week since it might be quite stressful for the plant. Pileas are incredibly hard to find where I am and I don't want to risk in jurying the little guy. Any advice?

Name: Porkpal
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Feb 12, 2018 9:50 PM CST
Since it is already in the little pot, I would wait until it seriously needs a new one. Transplanting is always stressful.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Feb 12, 2018 9:53 PM CST
I agree Wait until it's too crowded in that little pot so it can adjust.
Feb 12, 2018 10:00 PM CST
Thank you both so much for the advice Big Grin my only concern is, will leaving it in the little pot hinder its growth?
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Feb 12, 2018 10:04 PM CST
Not any time soon.
Name: Anne
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Feb 12, 2018 10:12 PM CST
Here is a way you can repot with no stress - but you don't want to pot up too large:
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Name: Daisy I
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Feb 12, 2018 10:13 PM CST
Too small is Oh so much better than too large. Smiling
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Name: Christine
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Feb 13, 2018 7:39 AM CST
I agree with the other posters, leave it alone for a while, re-potting will stress it out to much and you'll likely loose it, something I've learned in over 40 years of house plants being my major hobby, putting a plant in to large a pot leads to disaster
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Feb 13, 2018 7:44 AM CST
Yes, plants would rather be a cozy than Lost In Space. If you want, set the little pot inside the bigger pot to save space, but I would leave the plant as is. And try reading "Don't Repot That Plant!: And Other Indoor Plant Care Mistakes" by Will Creed - who is also a member here.
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Feb 13, 2018 2:53 PM CST
I agree I agree I agree I agree I tip my hat to you.
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