When repotting plants in containers, one is only supposed to go up a size,
and not make a big jump in size. Why? Reading about hostas in containers, I
find that a big jump in size will kill the plant. When planted in the
ground you are planting it in a huge container.
What I learned is the most important thing to get a container hosta to
winter over outside in the north is to keep rain off it when the soil is
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
When repotting a plant, I use a paring knife or pruning saw -- depending
on the size and strength of the roots -- and shave away part of the root
ball, both the sides and bottom. I might also cut slits about an inch
deep into the root ball from top to bottom in 3 or 4 places around.
With new potting mix -- my own home-made mix -- to replace what I
removed, I then repot into the old pot.
I recently did a Washingtonian palm and a Dracaena that way. About two
months ago, a did a sweet bay. They are all thriving, the Dracaena
indoors and the other two outdoors.
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