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Why should a pot be only an inch or two bigger than the previous pot when re-potting?

Roots head for moisture not walls. If you want a plant with deep roots, you water deeply and allow to dry before watering again. This trains the roots to grow towards the water so it will have the ...
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How can I propagate a baby spider plant?

I believe you are simply over watering the baby plant, or the soil you are using does not provide enough drainage. But there are a few ways we can work around that problem. A Quick Background on ...
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What's the fastest way to dry peat before re-potting an overwatered succulent?

Well I wouldn't worry about drying it out first - simply tip it out of its pot, preferably wearing gloves, carefully, and with any luck, most of the wet soil will fall off immediately anyway. The ...
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How much soil to remove from root ball when repotting?

In theory, when you perform a transplant you should avoid damaging any of the roots at all, since any damage to roots causes the plant stress during transplant. In practice, you will always damage ...
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How to know whether an indoor plant has outgrown its pot?

Here are some diagnostics but the best way is the first one: Once a year take the plant out of its pot. If all you see is roots circling around then cut an inch or two (2 - 4 cm) from the bottom of ...
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How long can celery grow from water alone?

It depends. I'm currently grown some philodendron vines in water for propagation purposes. They will stay in water for a long time with no ill effect. However, I believe that all the plants growing is ...
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Do just-repotted plants really need to wait for days before watering them? Why?

The trouble with gardening is, ask a panel of experts a question and you'll get 3 different answers. I remember your original question on this plant and then, you believed you should wait for the peat ...
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Why should a pot be only an inch or two bigger than the previous pot when re-potting?

The reasoning behind this advice to only use the right sized pot is that if you put a very small plant into a large pot filled with potting medium, most of the medium (potting compost) will not be ...
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How do I straighten a tilting Spider Plant without repotting it?

One of the most beautiful spider plants I've ever seen! And that is saying something because in my day every hippie had a spider plant, even those in a store aren't as beautiful. Good job! If you ...
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Should I repot my plants that I bought online?

These are good sized, healthy plants, and the pots aren't tiny either. The fern and the Ivy should be potted on into something larger, not least because the soil level is too high in the pot - it ...
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Why does my new ZZ plant have yellow and broken leaves?

First, I am not sure I follow you all the way. This was the best plant, and already had the yellow leaves when you got it yesterday? I would not have made that choice, if this was indeed the case. ...
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Do succulents need to be kept out of the pot for some time before re-potting?

The rationale is simply to allay as much chance for rot as possible. Succulents in particular are susceptible to rot and newly-broken roots from them, especially so. Also, it's purported that the dry ...
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Help! My Song of India (Dracaena reflexa) plant is dying!

If it has no roots at all, then it cannot support any topgrowth, which is why its all dying back. At this stage, without roots, photosynthesis for the leaves is not something that's necessary in any ...
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Venus Flytrap: repot, sun and water

Congratulations on the start of your CP(carnivorous plant) obsession. These are great and hardy plants. I've got a mess of them and plan to make a bog garden soon. I'll do my best to answer your ...
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Is something wrong with my Aloe Vera?

From what I see here, your Aloe gets too much water for the sun it get. Aloe Vera leaves in very hot, sunny places (often sandy). e.g. already discussed here. It goes for the sun (phototropism) ...
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Should I repot my plants that I bought online?

Usually plants are pre-grown in small (cheap) pots and the soil is exhausted when sold to the customers (you in this case). So putting new bought plants in a larger pot is always a good idea. Waiting ...
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When and how to repot this cactus?

Cacti with long and relatively fat spines are not the worst to handle. You may get a few pricks, but they soon heal. Cacti with lots of very thin "hairs" (e.g. many Opuntias) are much worse, because ...
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Should I throw out soil after rot?

It is better not to use soil right now. Wait until it dries completely and plant something very hardy there. The pot is OK to use, just wash it with hot water.
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Is there any hope left for my lemon seedling?

As you say, it's hard to tell the difference between overwatering and underwatering, as the symptoms can look the same. But it sounds like you fertilized twice in a month or two, with 1/4 cup of ...
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Do succulents need to be kept out of the pot for some time before re-potting?

It is not something you would do with any plants other than, possibly, succulents - none of the other plants like roses or herbaceous perennials or shrubs appreciate their roots being exposed to air ...
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Do just-repotted plants really need to wait for days before watering them? Why?

The theory behind not watering immediately after repotting is that you are inducing the roots to grow a little more vigorously to search for water and therefore 'rooting the plant in'. I personally ...
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How can I get clean soil for my sundew?

Most of the carnivorous plants require a soil that is free from pesticides, trace elements from chlorinated water and "nutrients". In this case nutrients refer to Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium ...
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Do's and Don't's for re-potting a plant?

You're going to be disturbing the roots, so keep that in mind. You will stress the plant and there's no getting around that. Some plants take it better than others. If you are repotting because it's ...
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Finally got the rootball out, please diagnose the roots and health of this plant

This plant is pot bound but that should not be the cause of the spotting. Nonetheless repotting is a good idea: get a sharp knife and some interior plant potting soil. Something with extra drainage ...
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ZZ Plant in ICU. Root rot due to water. Need help quickly

Start by cutting out any more of the rotted root should you find it. Leave healthy root intact, but be thorough with any diseased part. Ask a local nursery to see if they sell fungicide and consider ...
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When should I repot a newly planted potato?

Planting a potato in a pot is one of the only instances I know for planting a newbie plant in a big pot. You need a larger pot, 3 minimum and 5 gallon maximum. What size of pot are you using? I am ...
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Why is my aloe tipping over?

If it's been in that position for a long time, with any light always coming from the same direction, that would explain this. It should have been rotated regularly, say bi weekly or monthly, but the ...
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Proper care after repotting spider plant

These are tough plants, so it should recover well, but if you haven't watered it into its new pot yet, do so now. Water it well, to the point where water drains freely from the bottom of the pot - ...
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Taking Care of my Orchid

From appearances, your orchid looks like a dendrobium. It's not true that orchids can be watered with a water spray bottle. During active growth, the planting mix should never be allowed to become too ...
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Unknown indoor plant; I.D. and repot?

I don't believe your plant is a Philodendron but a young Monstera deliciosa. They're sometimes erroneously called a split-leaf Philodendron. The real split-leaf Philodendron is Philodendron ...
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