For right this moment’s Repotting Diaries, I’m working by some extra of my houseplants that want a little bit of a change. 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 dwelling on website within the Chapel renovation mission, my crops have actually put up with so much over the previous few months. Mud, draughts and even the odd splatter of paint… oops! I actually do recognize their resilience at occasions like this – it’s one more reason I choose to develop extra hardy plant varieties!
I hope this submit provides just a little second of calm and a few weekend armchair gardening if you’ll. If in case you have some plant care that’s in your TO DO checklist 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 collection that you just’ve seen, these posts are supposed to be snappier and ‘behind the scenes’ in model; exhibiting a extra on a regular basis and relaxed view of what it’s prefer to reside with a variety of crops. As well as, you probably 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 collection if you wish to get within the temper for some plant care. There’s a tab on the prime of the homepage referred to as ‘repotting crops’.
Huge Tradescantia fluminensis tricolour re-pot
I typically have just a few small pots of my beloved Tradescantia dotted across the place, and there’s virtually all the time 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 one in every 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 occasions 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 an alternative choice right here. When these are pot-bound they will require virtually every day watering. So something you are able to do to maintain your Tradescantia from getting bone dry will assist your plant survive.
Because the picture above reveals, my plant was in determined want of a pot improve! Even when it’s this root certain, I nonetheless choose 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 maintain my Tradescantia wanting fuller this fashion. Seeing it in a recent pot was a little bit of a aid… I’ll control it over the subsequent few weeks.
Right here’s a photograph from my Instagram of some Tradescantia fluminensis tricolour I’ve been propagating just lately:
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 believe. In direction of the tip of winter, I observed that two or three of the oldest leaves have been turning a golden hue. Yellowing leaves could be a results of quite a few issues – I’ve received an article on that right here FYI, and may typically trigger a little bit of stress in the event you aren’t used to them!
Truly, 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 typically discover yellow leaves can sign that the plant may do with repotting, as was the case right here.
One other chance is that until you might be recurrently rotating your crops, the elements that don’t get sufficient gentle can yellow too; particularly if the plant has a variety of leaves. In comparison with my different ‘traditional’ Aspidistra elatiors, the Milky Manner is rather more dense with foliage. Simply do not forget that the situation of the yellowing leaf can typically provide you with a warning to the trigger.
Aspidistras are a kind of crops that hate frequent repotting so I typically wait till the plant reveals me it might like some consideration! It was additionally needing rather more frequent watering, which is a tell-tale signal that your houseplants may recognize a re-pot.
Ceropegia woodii / String of Hearts repotting
After transferring, my String of Hearts assortment has been half-tangled up on my coat rack, which is now completely for my hanging crops! I’ve slowly been working my approach by de-tangling duties, however the smaller of the 2 pots of ceropegia woodii was additionally rising out of it’s pot, with roots poking by 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 choose to not transfer them if I may help it – they will get caught on issues so simply! I solely went up one pot dimension 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 nicely for my SoH crops through the years so I like to stay to it!
Subsequent up on this repotting session is one in every 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 get pleasure from frequent repotting! Saying that, this one has actually began to unfold out a bit with its roots – you possibly can see within the picture beneath. The roots have been rising out of the drainage gap so I eliminated the plant, cleaned the roots up, pruned them just a little and planted it up. The massive sculptural leaves will typically develop their very own approach and at this level I used to be in a position to organize the stems to sit down within the planter higher.
It’s all the time a superb to think about the place your plant goes to be positioned when potting up issues with bigger leaves. To an extent you possibly can alter the positioning of the plant within the pot which might actually assist from a plant styling perspective! With bigger houseplants like my massive Monsteras it is a should!
Huge Marble queen pothos / Epipremnum aureum dividing and pruning
Just a few weeks in the past, I shared a photograph from my outdated residence on Instagram the place my Marble Queen Pothos actually went wild – see beneath! The factor with Pothos crops is that they will begin to outgrow their area over quite a few years. In addition to that, they will generally tend to look considerably… bedraggled! While my plant was rising nicely right here on this shelf, after 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 massive 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 have been over 3 metres lengthy!
Listed here are the stems I chopped to the left and to the best are the leaves as soon as I’d lower 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 in the event you’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 received to see all of them collectively. It received me pondering that from a design perspective, they may look extra impactful as one bigger pot. Under 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 best planter but – this was only one I needed to hand. I’m searching for a conical form to steadiness with the sculptural snake plant form I believe.
Mom of Tens of millions propagation
This plant is one I shared the story of in a latest submit about Heirloom Houseplants right here. You may know this plant as a Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Mom of Tens of millions, Mexican Hat Plant, Alligator plant, Satan’s Spine or Bryophyllum daigremontiana. Over the few months we’ve been dwelling within the Chapel, this plant has single-handedly taken over a windowsill!
I really like how eccentric it appears to be like, 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 perimeters of the leaves straight into the planter and are fortunately rooting away.
I assumed I’d additionally plant a few of these in just a little 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 subsequent few weeks I’ll be working as much as repotting a few of my bigger crops that want it. I really like this time of yr 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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