Re-potting of plants becomes essential when the plant outgrows the pot that it was growing in. The pots that needs to be re-potted can be identified by observing the following:
- If water stands on the surface of the pot after watering. This means that the potting mixture has become hard and it is difficult for the roots to spread easily.
- If the root is coming out of the seepage hole of the pot.
- If the leaves are withering.
- If there is no spurt of new shoots.
- If the plant is blooming less.
It is always good to re-pot during the growing season that is just on the onset of the rainy season or during the rainy season. Avoid re-potting during winter, which is the resting season for plants. Always choose a pot, which is bigger than the one that the plant was formerly potted in. Remove the plant from the old pot carefully and shake off the excess mud stuck to the roots. Follow the steps below for re-potting.
- Two Empty Pots and few broken pieces of old pots
- 1½ Pot of Red Mud
- ¾ Pot of Leaf Manure or Horse Manure
- ½ Pot of Sand
In the new pot arrange pot pieces near the drainage hole as shown in Picture1.
Mix Red Mud, Leaf Manure and Sand as shown in Picture2.
Fill half of the pot with the mud mixture as shown in Picture3.
Keep the plant over the mixture and fill the pot leaving one inch space from the rim of the pot as shown in Picutre4.
Press the mud firmly using both the hands near the plant. Water the plant and keep it in shade for a day or two and then move it to the appropriate place.
Absolutely Love all the info on your blog, and I envy your garden. Thanks for all the wonderful posts……
Great article bout re-potting plants, but theres a harm on doing this thing, you must be very careful not to harm the roots of every plant.
Useful information Shantha,
Could u pls post information on growing of flowers in Pots like hibiscus[different varieties n colors], mallige, malle, jaaji, kanagale[red n white], rose, etc
and can we grow aloevera and doddapattre in pots?
Yes Nagashree, you can grow aloevera and doddapathre in pots.
Shantha, I couldnt find kempu mannu near by my home, so used soil that was digged in an empty site that wasnt red mud or kemmannu for growing daasavala, mallige etc.
Is that okay?