For right now’s Repotting Diaries, I’m working via some extra of my houseplants that want a little bit of a metamorphosis. There’s a little bit of propagation potting as much as do and a few pots that want an improve. Additionally, just a few crops may do with a chop and I’m going to amalgamate some others collectively into one, bigger planter.
After a winter of residing on website within the Chapel renovation venture, my crops have actually put up with quite a bit over the previous few months. Mud, draughts and even the odd splatter of paint… oops! I actually do admire their resilience at instances like this – it’s one more reason I favor to develop extra hardy plant varieties!
I hope this submit provides a bit second of calm and a few weekend armchair gardening if you’ll. In case you have some plant care that’s in your TO DO record to sort out, I hope this gives a little bit of inspiration to get out the trowel and snips too.
If that is the primary submit on this sequence that you just’ve seen, these posts are meant to be snappier and ‘behind the scenes’ in fashion; displaying a extra on a regular basis and relaxed view of what it’s prefer to reside with numerous crops. As well as, if in case you have any of those crops it would assist to see how I’ve repotted mine and issues to look out for. Have a flick thru the opposite posts on this sequence if you wish to get within the temper for some plant care. There’s a tab on the high of the homepage referred to as ‘repotting crops’.
Massive Tradescantia fluminensis tricolour re-pot
I usually have just a few small pots of my beloved Tradescantia dotted across the place, and there’s nearly at all times a vessel or two with propagations underway too. Alongside this pink-leaved assortment, I’ve my extra mature plant which you’ll see beneath. They’re certainly one of my favorite crops to develop, which is my defence for having a number of pots…!
I’ve recognized this one has desperately wanted repotting for some time. However with it being winter and my consideration being taken up with the reno, I’ve been placing it off. At instances like this, a self watering spike can actually assist to maintain issues happier for some time I’ve discovered! Right here are some clear ones I’ve a few, or there’s another choice right here. When these are pot-bound they will require nearly day by day watering. So something you are able to do to maintain your Tradescantia from getting bone dry will assist your plant survive.
Because the photograph above exhibits, my plant was in determined want of a pot improve! Even when it’s this root sure, I nonetheless favor to go up just one or two pot sizes at a time and do a few re-pots all through the rising season. I simply discover I can hold my Tradescantia wanting fuller this manner. Seeing it in a recent pot was a little bit of a reduction… I’ll keep watch over it over the following few weeks.
Right here’s a photograph from my Instagram of some Tradescantia fluminensis tricolour I’ve been propagating not too long ago:
Aspidistra Milky Manner repotting
My Milky Manner Aspidistra has grown into such a characterful plant right here at Home Plant Home. It’s like an explosion of inexperienced leaves at first look! However on nearer inspection, you discover that the foliage is splashed with speckles which severely glow when the sunshine will get behind them.
Anyway, it’s been on this pot for a few years now – 3 I feel. In direction of the tip of winter, I observed that two or three of the oldest leaves had been turning a golden hue. Yellowing leaves is usually a results of plenty of issues – I’ve obtained an article on that right here FYI, and might usually trigger a little bit of stress if you happen to aren’t used to them!
Really, almost all of my Aspidistra gang have had one or two yellow leaves this winter – it’s frequent for many houseplants as they mature and I’ve grown these lengthy sufficient to know that it’s simply a part of their life cycle. As well as, you’ll usually discover yellow leaves can sign that the plant may do with repotting, as was the case right here.
One other chance is that except you’re commonly rotating your crops, the components that don’t get sufficient mild can yellow too; particularly if the plant has numerous leaves. In comparison with my different ‘traditional’ Aspidistra elatiors, the Milky Manner is way more dense with foliage. Simply keep in mind that the placement of the yellowing leaf can typically warn you to the trigger.
Aspidistras are a kind of crops that hate frequent repotting so I usually wait till the plant exhibits me it could like some consideration! It was additionally needing way more frequent watering, which is a tell-tale signal that your houseplants would possibly admire a re-pot.
Ceropegia woodii / String of Hearts repotting
After shifting, my String of Hearts assortment has been half-tangled up on my coat rack, which is now solely for my hanging crops! I’ve slowly been working my method via de-tangling duties, however the smaller of the 2 pots of ceropegia woodii was additionally rising out of it’s pot, with roots poking via the drainage holes, so I made a decision to do some repotting as I used to be arranging them.
When they’re in place, I favor to not transfer them if I will help it – they will get caught on issues so simply! I solely went up one pot measurement and used my houseplant potting combine as the premise of my combine – I simply switched out the peat free compost for a cacti and succulent compost, earlier than including within the different parts too. This concoction has labored properly for my SoH crops through the years so I like to stay to it!
Subsequent up on this repotting session is certainly one of my ‘common’ Aspidistra divisions that belonged to my grandparents. I’m fairly attentive to those crops as they’re very particular to me! As with the Milky Manner Aspidistra earlier within the submit, these crops actually don’t take pleasure in frequent repotting! Saying that, this one has actually began to unfold out a bit with its roots – you’ll be able to see within the photograph beneath. The roots had been rising out of the drainage gap so I eliminated the plant, cleaned the roots up, pruned them a bit and planted it up. The massive sculptural leaves will usually develop their very own method and at this level I used to be capable of prepare the stems to sit down within the planter higher.
It’s at all times an excellent to think about the place your plant goes to be positioned when potting up issues with bigger leaves. To an extent you’ll be able to alter the positioning of the plant within the pot which might actually assist from a plant styling perspective! With bigger houseplants like my huge Monsteras this can be a should!
Massive Marble queen pothos / Epipremnum aureum dividing and pruning
A couple of weeks in the past, I shared a photograph from my outdated house on Instagram the place my Marble Queen Pothos really went wild – see beneath! The factor with Pothos crops is that they will begin to outgrow their area over plenty of years. In addition to that, they will generally tend to look considerably… bedraggled! While my plant was rising properly right here on this shelf, once I moved to the cottage, I had nowhere appropriate for it.
At this level, I made a decision to take some cuttings and made this plant as a ‘again up plant’:
Quick ahead to the Chapel renovation and my huge outdated plant was nonetheless hanging on! I made a decision I’d make one other division and chop and propagate the additional lengthy stems… A few of which had been over 3 metres lengthy!
Listed here are the stems I chopped to the left and to the fitting are the leaves as soon as I’d minimize up the stems. I’ll be doing a mixture of water propagation and soil propagation with these cuttings after they callus over. There’s extra on that right here if you happen to’re .
Repotting some Snake crops (dracaena/sansevieria trifasciata laurentii)
My Snake plant gang is one a part of my houseplant assortment that I typically overlook about! They’re really easy going, I’ve just a few pots dotted round my area and these are crops I’ve had for years. After we moved on website just a few months in the past, I obtained to see all of them collectively. It obtained me pondering that from a design standpoint, they might look extra impactful as one bigger pot. Beneath are the three I wished to mix:
Left: earlier than. Proper: after! I’m so glad I took the plunge in potting these collectively! I’ve freed up some pots and ended up with a fuller wanting plant. It’s not in fairly the fitting planter but – this was only one I needed to hand. I’m searching for a conical form to stability with the sculptural snake plant form I feel.
Mom of Thousands and thousands propagation
This plant is one I shared the story of in a current submit about Heirloom Houseplants right here. You would possibly know this plant as a Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Mom of Thousands and thousands, Mexican Hat Plant, Alligator plant, Satan’s Spine or Bryophyllum daigremontiana. Over the few months we’ve been residing within the Chapel, this plant has single-handedly taken over a windowsill!
I like how eccentric it seems, however with Spring right here, it means it’s time to work on the home windows, so I’m going to have to try to maneuver it…! Earlier than this although, I’m going to do a spot of propagating to try to make myself some extra back-up crops. The plant is already rising many, many child plantlets on the base of the pot. They’ve dropped off the sides of the leaves straight into the planter and are fortunately rooting away.
I assumed I’d additionally plant a few of these in a bit ramekin on the kitchen windowsill in a pot of their very own…
Within the pot, there’s a layer of cacti and succulent potting combine, mixed with perlite, bark and grit. Earlier than planting, I used a strain sprayer with a wonderful mist to softly give moisture to the substrate. I sprinkled the plantlets throughout the highest of the pot and positioned on the windowsill.
Right here they’re beneath:
Thanks for studying and I hope you loved seeing what’s been on my potting bench this week. Over the following few weeks I’ll be working as much as repotting a few of my bigger crops that want it. I like this time of 12 months and I’m wanting ahead to giving my houseplants some care and a focus! There are extra posts over on my Instagram and Pinterest too.
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