Repotting House Plants

If your house plants are not growing to your expectation, they might need to be repotted.  If so, you need to use a soil-less mix.

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With the start of the winter months, it might not be a bad idea to repot your houseplants. Most plants, especially if you have had them outdoors, are beginning to outgrow their containers.

It's important to use the right kind of repotting soil. I would rather you use a soil-less mix than a soil-based mix for two very good reasons. It can help eliminate insects and disease organisms that might be harbored in the outside soil you bring indoors.

What you want in a soil-less mix is for it to be light enough to be well drained and to allow for easy root growth, but spongy enough to hold water and nutrients. If you tightly squeeze a handful of a moist, well made potting soil, it should crumble when you open your hand and tap the soil lightly.

Here is a simple recipe for home made soil-less mix to repot your houseplants:

  • 2 parts peat moss
  • 1 part vermiculite
  • 1 part perlite
  • 1 tablespoon of lime per gallon
  • 2 tablespoons of triple super phosphate per gallon
  • 1 teaspoon of 10-10-10 fertilizer per gallon

    It's fairly inexpensive to make or you can buy a pre-made soil-less mix at your favorite lawn and garden center. Don't worry about making up more than what you need. You can have it on hand when needed and it will keep very well when you want to repot your plants at a later time, or you can give some to a gardener friend even for a Christmas.

    Good gift idea!

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