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Name: Haley Howard
Lynnwood, Washington
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haleychristen
Mar 31, 2018 11:05 AM CST
Hello! Last weekend I got my very first indoor plants and some herbs to try and grow.

The spider plant (actually about four in one pot) looks a little rumpled after I re-potted it in a slightly larger pot. It's plastic with a bunch of holes on the bottom, sitting in a plastic tray. I used maybe half and half all purpose potting mix and cactus mix. I gave it a decent watering after the re-potting a week ago and mist it maybe once a day. It's in a south facing window. Would you suggest I only moderately water it, and only when the top inch of soil feels pretty dry? Sounds like the roots may need to get re established in the new pot?

The golden queen Pothos is on my dresser near the south facing windows. It's leaves have some rips here and there, but since repotting it as well last weekend, it has been noticeably growing new leaves. The marbling definitely came out over the past week; it wasn't there when I bought it. I repotted it into a slightly larger plastic pot with the holes on the bottom, sitting in a plastic tray. Gave it a moderate watering after potting it. I noticed the yellowed leaves a couple of days ago. What can I do to keep the Pothos happy and prevent any more yellow leaves? I mist it maybe once a day. Should I plan to water moderately when the top inch or so feels pretty dry, while the root system gets established in the new pot?

Both plants seemed root bound when purchased, and I was advised to either repot now or wait six months.

Finally, I am experimenting with growing these herbs for fun: peppermint, rosemary, and cilantro. Cilantro definitely seems the least hardy! They're in my south facing window except when it's a sunny day on the balcony. Repotted in all purpose potting soil, still moist from last weekend. Any tips for these guys?

This site seems to be a wealth of information, and I enjoyed reading multiple posts in the forums before reaching out to you! Hopefully my first plants will grow and thrive 😊. Thanks for your help!
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Apr 1, 2018 7:16 AM CST
I think the pothos and spider will be happy with your plan. Don't worry about a few yellow leaves.
The cilantro might give you trouble.I have failed at several attempts to produce enough to eat. I was told they like cool,and short daylight length. It may bolt -go to flowering phase- which will kill it. Clip it freely or you may never use any at all. It is annual.
Rosemary and peppermint are perennial.- flowering will not end their lives. Rosemary wants to be a small bush, peppermint eventually can make runners and send up more shoots. I've never grown them from small plants in a pot, so can't really guess how they'll behave.
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Apr 1, 2018 10:28 AM CST
Your plants look great! As long as they get good light, Spider Plants are pretty hardy and not too fussy about watering. Unless you added potting soil on top of the rootball, then water it a soon as the rootball surface feels dry. Always add enough water so that some runs through the drain holes.

Your Pothos is less tolerant of repotting and overwatering. Again, unless you added potting soil on top of the rootball, then water it a soon as the top half-inch of the rootball feels dry. Always add enough water so that some runs through the drain holes.

Misting is harmless but does not serve to increase humidity or provide water. Your plants do not require increased humidity, anyway.

Your Herbs will need as much indoor sun as you can provide. Looks like you have them in a good location. I suggest watering when the surface of the soil feels dry.
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Name: Haley Howard
Lynnwood, Washington
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haleychristen
Apr 17, 2018 9:20 AM CST
Thank you so much for your help! They seem to be doing well still. I got some new additions in the past few weeks as well.
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