For at the moment’s Repotting Diaries, I’m working by 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, a couple of vegetation might do with a chop and I’m going to amalgamate some others collectively into one, bigger planter.
After a winter of residing on web site within the Chapel renovation venture, my vegetation have actually put up with rather a lot over the previous couple of 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 publish presents somewhat 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 record to deal with, I hope this offers a little bit of inspiration to get out the trowel and snips too.
If that is the primary publish on this sequence that you simply’ve seen, these posts are supposed 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 lots of vegetation. As well as, when you have any of those vegetation it would assist to see how I’ve repotted mine and issues to look out for. Have a flick through 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 vegetation’.
Huge Tradescantia fluminensis tricolour re-pot
I usually have a couple of 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 under. They’re certainly one of my favorite vegetation to develop, which is my defence for having a number of pots…!
I’ve identified 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’ll 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 preserve 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 subsequent few weeks.
Right here’s a photograph from my Instagram of some Tradescantia fluminensis tricolour I’ve been propagating lately:
Aspidistra Milky Approach repotting
My Milky Approach 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 significantly glow when the sunshine will get behind them.
Anyway, it’s been on this pot for a few years now – 3 I feel. In the direction of the top 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 a lot of issues – I’ve bought an article on that right here FYI, and might usually trigger a little bit of stress for those who aren’t used to them!
Truly, practically 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 might do with repotting, as was the case right here.
One other risk is that except you’re repeatedly rotating your vegetation, the elements that don’t get sufficient gentle can yellow too; particularly if the plant has lots of leaves. In comparison with my different ‘traditional’ Aspidistra elatiors, the Milky Approach is rather more dense with foliage. Simply keep in mind that the placement of the yellowing leaf can typically provide you with a warning to the trigger.
Aspidistras are a kind of vegetation that hate frequent repotting so I usually 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 would possibly 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 vegetation! 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 will help it – they’ll 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 elements too. This concoction has labored effectively for my SoH vegetation over time 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 vegetation as they’re very particular to me! As with the Milky Approach Aspidistra earlier within the publish, these vegetation actually don’t get pleasure from 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 picture under. The roots had been rising out of the drainage gap so I eliminated the plant, cleaned the roots up, pruned them somewhat and planted it up. The big sculptural leaves will usually develop their very own approach and at this level I used to be capable of organize the stems to take a seat 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’ll be able to regulate the positioning of the plant within the pot which may actually assist from a plant styling perspective! With bigger houseplants like my huge Monsteras this can be a should!
Huge Marble queen pothos / Epipremnum aureum dividing and pruning
Just a few weeks in the past, I shared a photograph from my previous condo on Instagram the place my Marble Queen Pothos actually went wild – see under! The factor with Pothos vegetation is that they’ll begin to outgrow their house over a lot of years. In addition to that, they’ll tend to look considerably… bedraggled! While my plant was rising effectively 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 previous 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 precise are the leaves as soon as I’d reduce up the stems. I’ll be doing a mixture of water propagation and soil propagation with these cuttings once they callus over. There’s extra on that right here for those who’re .
Repotting some Snake vegetation (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 a couple of pots dotted round my house and these are vegetation I’ve had for years. Once we moved on web site a couple of months in the past, I bought to see all of them collectively. It bought me pondering that from a design viewpoint, they might 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 precise planter but – this was only one I needed to hand. I’m in search of a conical form to stability with the sculptural snake plant form I feel.
Mom of Tens of millions propagation
This plant is one I shared the story of in a latest publish about Heirloom Houseplants right here. You would possibly 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 residing within the Chapel, this plant has single-handedly taken over a windowsill!
I really 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 aim to maneuver it…! Earlier than this although, I’m going to do a spot of propagating to aim to make myself some extra back-up vegetation. 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 believed I’d additionally plant a few of these in somewhat 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 stress sprayer with a nice 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 under:
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 vegetation that want it. I really like this time of 12 months and I’m wanting ahead to giving my houseplants some care and a spotlight! There are extra posts over on my Instagram and Pinterest too.
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