Many indoor tropical plants can be grown outside in Texas during the summer months and brought in for the winter. Tropical indoor plants can also thrive for years indoors. Whether you keep your plants indoors all year or part of the year, indoor gardening offers many benefits including creating a fresh and relaxing environment as well as helping keep indoor air clean.
Tropical plants can be easy- to-care for, but to keep your plants looking their best, it’s important to note any changes and to take a few minutes several times a year to check their containers.
If the color of a plant has begun to dull and looks unhealthy, this can be an indication that the plant needs repotting. Often times the signs that a plant has outgrown its container are so subtle that your plant’s need for a new container goes unnoticed until it’s too late to save the plant. It’s a good practice to check plant containers several times per year because plants grow at varying rates. Winter is the perfect time to check indoor plant containers.
Use these considerations when checking the containers of your plants.
Consideration 1: Root crowding
Look at the root systems. Gently slip plants out of the existing pots and look at the roots. If plant roots are growing through drainage hole or tangles of roots in a mass virtually have no soil left, then it is time to replant.
Consideration 2: Plant crowding
Sometimes an indoor container garden may look lovely for some time and then it is taken over by one of the more dominant plants in the mix. When the plants become crowded, it’s time to separate the plants so the less dominant plants can thrive and survive. In addition, many beautiful indoor plant arrangements are sent as gifts throughout the year. Unlike fresh flowers, the plants in these arrangements are long-lasting. However, the plants are typically placed very close together to create a nice presentation upon delivery. Because plants aren’t arranged for their growing needs, they often have little soil and are frequently in containers of a temporary nature. It’s best to replant these arrangements before the plants crowd each other so they can be enjoyed for years to come. You can recreate the arrangement in a larger container or use the individual plants to create several smaller containers. The important thing is to get plants in containers that best allow them to grow and provide visual enjoyment.
Consideration 3: Mismatched plant needs
If a mixed plant container includes plants with different sun light and water needs it’s time to repot! If you have a container in which one plant is doing better than the other you may have mismatched plant needs. Bring the container to the repotting day to get expert garden advice about how best to plant and care for your indoor container garden.
Consideration 4: Water absorption loss
When you water your plant, if the water runs immediately out of the drainage hole the plant has likely used up all the soil’s water storage capacity. Replanting will replenish the water absorption capacity and improve the nutrient mixture of the soil.
Consideration 5: Low to no response to fertilizing and feeding
If your plant hasn’t been responding to fertilizing it may be time to replace the soil to replenish a well balanced offering of organic material and nutrients so the plant can best grow and flourish.
Read more tips and information about repotting indoor containers here or get hands on advice at the Calloway’s Nursery and Cornelius Nursery garden center Repotting Festival.