Plant Management

So now that all the plants are outside and nature gave them a nice drink of water, it’s time to transplant. I always do this in the spring when I bring them outside. I think it’s a great time to do it because they are already in “growth mode.”

I do know other house plant experts who think it’s perfectly fine to do this chore in the fall. This doesn’t really make sense to me because plants are slowing down their growth in the fall–not exactly what you want if you want them to settle into a new container.

But maybe they worry about bringing in little critters or something. That really hasn’t been a problem for me so I will stick with my spring re-potting.

This is a spathophyllum (peace lily) that was just moved into an 8″ container (from a 5″ one) last year. You can see it’s a fast grower. This time I divided it into 4 containers although I am not sure what I am going to do with them all. If they survive, I suspect they will go to work with me. Perhaps I can find new homes for them there.

And these are the roots of my beloved pittosporum. If you see something like this, don’t panic. It’s just a natural process at work.

I did however scrape all these off the “shoulders” of the soil. We’ll see if they come back.

I spent most of the day Sunday transplanting, which was an easy chore, and I was just outside the door in case the Spoiler needed me, not off somewhere in the yard. It was nice to get a bit of gardening done.

2 thoughts on “Plant Management

  1. Sherry Lebowitz May 26, 2023 / 4:09 pm

    Love all the posts and I just discovered you! Interesting information about the Black eyed Susan’s. My leaves have black spots and I did take some of them off. Now I’m just hoping for the best

    • gardendaze May 26, 2023 / 7:27 pm

      So glad that you found me, Sherry! Good luck with the Black eyed Susans. Always remember that most pests–even the ones that cause the most unsightly damage–generally have just one generation a year , unless you live in a very mild climate. Hang in there!


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