What To Do (And Not Do) With Your New Plant

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What To Do (And Not Do) With Your New Plant

What To Do (And Not Do) With Your New Plant
What To Do (And Not Do) With Your New Plant

Many people get a new plant and immediately get off to the wrong start by making some common mistakes. In general, it is important to do as little as possible to your new plant.

1/ Professional Secret: Don’t repot that plant!

In most cases, recently purchased plants will soon slow their rate of growth. It may not be visible to you, but it is happening. As this happens, the roots begin to diminish in size. (See section on Plant Acclimatization below). Because most plants perform better when slightly pot-bound, it is a mistake to put a plant into a pot that is bigger than it needs. In addition, plants moved to a new environment need time to adjust. A pot change puts the plant under some stress. Repotting a new plant will add to the stress unnecessarily. So even if repotting seems warranted, wait at least a couple of months.

 

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