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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 15, 2021 3:36 PM CST
If the leaves were drooping more than normal, then it was probably underwatered but did not need a larger pot. It appears that it is now in a very large pot and that is an invitation to potential overwatering and root suffocation.
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riannenrings
Apr 21, 2021 7:00 PM CST
CPPgardener said:The soil is not the problem. In fact, there is no problem. That's just the way they grow in deep shade. If they REALLY droop, like straight down, THEN you have a problem. If it gets that little sun and in that size pot, you probably are giving it too much water. It should be dry down about 3" before you water it again and make sure some water comes out the bottom.


Thank you!! This is a great reference for watering. I'll adjust.

riannenrings
Apr 21, 2021 7:01 PM CST
WillC said:If the leaves were drooping more than normal, then it was probably underwatered but did not need a larger pot. It appears that it is now in a very large pot and that is an invitation to potential overwatering and root suffocation.


Thanks for your feedback. Do you think it is worth trying to repot it into a smaller pot, or should I leave it at this point?
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
CPPgardener
Apr 21, 2021 10:30 PM CST
Since it hasn't been that long, repotting shouldn't stress it too much. A pot close to the size it was in when you got it would be good for at least a year. Try to keep the original root-ball together when you remove it from the pot.
Now you need to find a plant in a big container like the one you're emptying! Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Will Creed
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Apr 22, 2021 7:08 AM CST
If the original rootball is mostly intact and the excess soil added can be removed easily without disturbing the roots, then downsizing is an option.

I am often called on to maintain overpotted plants so it can de be done. Remove some of the excess soil that was added on top of the original rootball when it was repotted. That excess soil keeps oxygen from penetrating into the root zone properly. The uppermost roots should be barely covered. After removing the excess soil, let the top half-inch of the remaining soil get dry to your finger probe before watering it just enough that it reaches that same level of dryness again in about one week to 10 days.
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riannenrings
Apr 23, 2021 9:41 AM CST
CPPgardener said:Since it hasn't been that long, repotting shouldn't stress it too much. A pot close to the size it was in when you got it would be good for at least a year. Try to keep the original root-ball together when you remove it from the pot.
Now you need to find a plant in a big container like the one you're emptying! Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing


Yes! What fun though Smiling thank you for the help, I am loving this plant and want it to be happy!

riannenrings
Apr 23, 2021 9:42 AM CST
WillC said:If the original rootball is mostly intact and the excess soil added can be removed easily without disturbing the roots, then downsizing is an option.

I am often called on to maintain overpotted plants so it can de be done. Remove some of the excess soil that was added on top of the original rootball when it was repotted. That excess soil keeps oxygen from penetrating into the root zone properly. The uppermost roots should be barely covered. After removing the excess soil, let the top half-inch of the remaining soil get dry to your finger probe before watering it just enough that it reaches that same level of dryness again in about one week to 10 days.


Thank you for these great details! I'll give it a try and hopefully he will be much happier :)

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