by johnah on November 16, 2020
Tree Philodendron: Tips On Repotting Tree Philodendron Plants
Repotting tree philodendron plants is not difficult if you have good knowledge of the plant. You need to know how to grow it successfully and what are its requirements in order to get a successful result. If you want to repot your trees, then here are some tips on repotting tree philodendron plants.
1) Watering Your Tree
The first thing you need to do when repotting tree philodendron is watering it regularly. You should make sure that the soil stays moist at all times. When watering your tree, use a pot with drainage holes so that the moisture will drain out easily. Make sure that there are no standing water spots near your tree’s roots or around its base area. Do not allow the soil to dry up completely.
2) Soil Preparation For Repotting Tree Philodendron
Soil preparation for repotting tree philodendron includes making sure that the soil is loose and free draining. It needs to be able to absorb excess water from rainwater without drying up completely. Also, it must be well drained so that it does not become compacted during heavy rains. Loose and well-draining soil is also beneficial for root growth of the tree. If you are repotting a healthy tree philodendron, then you can use the same soil mix that you used before.
3) Repotting Your Tree
You can repot your tree in two ways. First, you can carefully remove all the soil from around its roots. Then wash the old pot with soapy water in order to remove all traces of trapped dirt. After washing, rinse the pot and put a 1-inch layer of gravel at the bottom. Insert the tree’s root mass into a clean pot before filling in around it with your soil mix and firm it down firmly.
Do not compact the soil as this can strangle the new roots.
The second way is to simply cut away a section of the root ball and re-pot it in a slightly bigger pot. This can be done if the tree is in a very large container or you want to put it in a more decorative container. Carefully remove a small amount of soil from the root mass before cutting away the old pot.
4) Aftercare For Repotting Tree Philodendron
Water your tree well and keep it hydrated for at least a week after repotting. This allows the tree to recover properly.
Your tree will grow better if you trim some of the roots. Just take a pair of scissors and snip away at some of the long root hairs. Do not cut more than one third of the overall root mass. You can do this every year or two to encourage new root growth and a bushier tree.
These are general tips on repotting tree philodendron plants. Follow these instructions and you should have no trouble. Be sure to re-pot your tree every year or two in order for it to grow at its best. Enjoy your new tree philodendron!
Most people that are new at growing houseplants have problems keeping them alive. This is usually due to either not enough light, improper watering, or poor quality soil. Sometimes its a combination of these factors. Whatever the reason, if you are not satisfied with the health of your plant, you can repot it.
Repotting is moving a plant into a larger pot, giving it more soil, and pruning back the root system slightly. This allows the plant to grow more and obtain more nutrients. You can tell when a plant needs to be repotted if the pot is bulging at the seams and there is no signs of new growth.
The process is very simple. If you have a plant in a container that has multiple small pots inside, remove them all and gently tug on the root mass. If its not coming out easily then soak the soil with water until it is loose. If you pull and the plant still seems firmly anchored into the pot, don’t force it. Instead, it probably has multiple small pots inside which have roots connected to them, gently prune these away from the parent before repotting.
Once you have the plant in hand, inspect the root mass. You are looking for a thick white root that curls around in circles or thick white root hairs. These are indicators that it is healthy and ready to grow more. If you don’t see this, your plant is either sick or dying and needs to be thrown away.
You also want to cut off any yellow or dead leaves since these can be a source of disease and will not let the plant get enough sunlight. These should also be removed before re-potting. It is also beneficial to prune away any leaf stalks that have no leafs attached since they are no longer needed. This will allow more energy to go into the growth of the remaining leaves.
When your plant is ready, it’s time to re-pot it. There are many different kinds of soil you can use, but the best is a peat-moss based one. You can also add in charcoal, perlite, and vermiculite to aerify and drain excessive water. These ingredients should be available at a garden center or nursery. It is not recommended to use fertilizers when repotting since they can burn the roots if added to soil when the plant has been in there for a while.
Now that you have selected your soil, you need something for the pot. It can be anything from a small bush to a large bucket; it just needs to hold soil and have room for growth. There is no need to buy an expensive pot, just find something that is clean and won’t break easily.
Once you have the pot and soil, it’s time to assemble. Make sure the bottom of the pot is clean and doesn’t have any remnants of soil or plants in it. Next, put an inch or two of soil in the pot and flatten it out. Then take your plant and gently tug on the root mass. Place the root ball in the center of the pot and cover with soil.
Pat down the soil slightly and water until it begins to drain from the bottom.
If you pot your plant at the correct time of year, it is not necessary to add a fertilizer. If, however, you potted it late in the season, a low dose (about 1/4 the recommended amount) of an organic fertilizer can help it through the winter. Just don’t over do it because this will burn the roots.
Now that your plant has been potted, there are a few things you should know if you want to keep it alive. The biggest thing is to keep it away from any possible frost. If you think your house might drop below 40F (4C), then find a location that stays above that, or at least keep it near a heater. This can be on a windowsill, but not always. Sunlight isn’t as much of a problem, but be aware that in extreme heat it will be necessary to keep the pot out of direct light since it could fry the plant.
If you aren’t sure about sunlight, then keep it away from the hottest part of the day. Make sure it always has fresh, filtered water that isn’t cold. A turkey baster or water bottle with a small hole in the cap can help when watering. If you notice the leaves begin to look wrinkled or have dark spots, then the soil is most likely too wet. If this occurs, don’t water for a few days and keep an eye on it. If the leaves begin to look like they are turning black or falling off, then the soil is too dry and it is time to water.
These are just basic guidelines, but if you can keep your plant alive for about 2 years then you should have it for life. Over time you should be able to divide and give plants away and even make money off of them.
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