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Back up your plants

Days get longer causing plants to increase their metabolism. To get into spring with good strength, they can always use a little support. A slightly larger pot with fresh soil allows plants to grow and flourish with new energy. Here’s some information on what you should consider when repotting.

As soon as the bale of a plant is completely penetrated by roots it is time to give it more space. The same applies when roots begin to grow out of the pot. The new vessel should be three to four centimetres taller. If it is too large, the plant concentrates on rather setting up new roots than on the desired flower and shoot formation. White sites at the surface of the soil are a sign that the plant needs fresh soil. This is a result from hard water or too much fertiliser.

Repotting

If the vessel has been used before, you should clean it with hot water and brush it to prevent any transfer of fungi and bacteria. Does the pot have a drainage hole? If yes, you can put a piece of crock on the ground so that soil does not get out from the hole. If there is no hole, it is better to build drainage to hinder waterlogging. You can do this by using gravel or expanded clay. A slice of fleece can be placed between drainage and soil so it does not mix up. After this is done you can fill the pot with some fresh flower soil. Keep in mind that bale and shoots should be placed two centimetres below the rim of the pot. 

Now remove the plant from its old pot. The bale can be loosened by tapping the pot. Stubborn plastic pots can be removed with the use of scissors. Before repotting the plant, its bale must be free of old soil. Dead root parts should be cut off with scissors or secateurs. 

Place the plant in the middle of the new pot, fill the pot with soil from every side and press the soil firmly down. Remember to leave a free space of two centimetres from the rim of the pot. Last but not least water the plant sufficiently, and if required add some more soil.

 

Fertilising

After two to three weeks, the plants can be fertilised. For this, you can use liquid fertiliser. Plants enjoy being sprayed with a fine mist of water now and then. This keeps dust away, and allows the leaves to absorb humidity. The water sprayed should be room temperature, just like the water for watering.

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