Some of my indoor plants are long time family members, with names and stories to tell. My oldest, a pony tail palm- Beaucarnea recurvata, has been with me since college. All of my house plants spend their summer outdoors, and I’m convinced that is a major contributor to their on-going vigor and health.
One of my typical spring and summer garden activities is to re-pot tropicals, bonsai, or seasonal plantings. Especially by late summer all of that work has usually been taken care of. But this year I still have a few left to do, and will also be replanting container gardens with fall beauties soon.
If plants are very pot-bound and are drying out frequently their care indoors will be a bit more intensive. Repotting reduces watering needs and thereby simplifies routine maintenance. That may seem pretty straight forward, but I’ve developed some handy strategies that have proven useful over time.
ENJOY YOUR NEW PLANT!
* This technique is especially good for large scale exterior containers. Styrofoam peanuts must not be the new cellulose type as they melt and biodegrade. They are an awesome “green” alternative for packing but not good for planters.