Ask a Question forum: What soil to use to re-pot Janet Craig

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Mar 6, 2018 11:09 PM CST
I have small/medium size Janet Craig. Its roots are coming out bottom holes of pot. Can I use Cactus soil ? (I have a new bag of it). The plant is quite healthy. Thank you!!
Name: Will Creed
Profess plant consultant & educator
Mar 7, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Because some roots are coming through the drain holes is not necessarily a reason to repot any plant. That is especially true if the plant is healthy and growing well. Repotting is trickier than is commonly realized and much can go wrong if done incorrectly. That is why I recommend leaving a healthy plant in its existing pot. If your Janet Craig needs a thorough watering several times per week, then it might be ready for a larger pot.

Janet Craigs grow best in a porous, peat-based, soilless potting mix. Because so many packaged potting mixes are contaminated with fungus gnat larvae, I suggest that you make your own mix of 4 parts peat moss with 1 part perlite mixed throughout. You may need to fertilize it monthly at half strength.

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