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Trust your plants - they know how to grow! - landscaping-gardening


I've done a lot of container farming over the years, and one thing is a given for sealed plants: it's a life of continual change. Heartbreaking about from one part of the garden, patio or sunroom to another, affecting inside and back in the open air again, and of avenue the inevitable periodic re-potting. It's a astonishment that plants do so well given this life of devoted upheaval, but the key seems to be to just tend to their basic needs and let them do what comes naturally.

When re-potting, it's a good idea in broad-spectrum not to annoy the root ball too much, but many plants in point of fact advantage from having the outer become known of the root ball scuffed up a bit. This is especially true of plants which have develop into rootbound, exhibiting a confused complex of roots about the beyond of the soil, straining adjacent to the inner apparent of the pot.

When you place the plant in its new, customarily bigger pot you will be surrounding it with a layer of fresh soil, and of course of action you want the roots to grow into this new soil as cursorily as doable in order to take full help of the added nutrients it provides. Scratching or corrosion these outer exposed roots will aggravate and to some extent destruction them, which will trigger a medicinal rejoinder in the plant - it will cause the roots to grow with extra vigor in order to darning the harm and, lo and behold, the new root development will go right into the new layer of soil, which is just what you want! Caution must be taken, of course, not to do too much harm - just a light deterioration will do. Once the plant is in its new container with the new soil, water it in well and let the plant's artless developing current do the work for you!

Another illustration of let the plant's budding character work for you is when you break away plants that have been emergent as one in a lone container for awhile. Last Spring, I found a sealed banana plant on sale for $20 at a local garden center - but in fact it was 3 banana plants increasing as one in one 12" pot.

My first accepted wisdom was "Wow, a 3 for 1 sale!" since I knew that I could break them and have three plants for the price of one! The challenge was that their roots were hopelessly knotted in the soil, and for the reason that the pot was so small (for 3 banana plants, that is) they were badly rootbound. Not to worry - I cleanly yanked the whole mess out of the pot, grabbed a pruning saw and cut the rootball into three almost equal parts, each containing one of the plants. As expected this essential chewing up the roots fairly badly, and many folks would worry that such acute behavior would kill them, but I knew that with accurate care they would not only survive, they would flourish in the newfound abandon of their own pots.

Each plant went into its own, roomy 16" pot (remember, they had all been allocation a 12" pot!!) and was packed all about with good 'ol backyard compost. As you would expect, they drooped their grass for about a week, then Wham! All 3 on track developing and putting out fresh plant life like gangbusters!! This Spring, I'm looking at three very beneficial banana plants, each fully twice the size it was when I got it, and each one with at least two growing young sprouts shooting up from the soil at its base! Three sisters not only in existence in their break away homes, but before now first their own families! They couldn't be happier, and neither could I!

The moral of the story is that while you ought to at all times treat your plants with as much care as possible, when the chance arises that you must put them by means of some stress, don't worry about it - just do it. Make sure that they are nice and good for you beforehand, use good crop growing method and customary sense, give them all the water, food and light that they need, then just let character take its course. You can trust those lovely, leafy contacts of yours; They Know How To Grow!!

Brian Dalton owns and maintains the Springtime Gardens website, and spends countless happy hours decorating and maintaining his own patio and container gardens.

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