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repotting of a houseplant
The repotting of houseplants is done every 2-3 years, during the late summer or late winter period; repotting is necessary when the roots of the plant have developed to fill the pot and spent escaping from the holes on the bottom of the container. Let's get a new container, similar in size to the vessel in which the plant is contained, but slightly larger, so that the root system can develop in freedom for another couple of years. We prepare a good soil, soft and rich, which lets the water run smoothly; mix the universal soil with a small amount of pumice stone, to help drainage, and with a little slow release granular fertilizer, which will dissolve over a few months, freeing up micro-elements in the soil, useful for plant growth. So take our plant and extract it from the old pot; if necessary we beat the jar with our hands or with the back of a pallet, so as to favor the detachment of the soil from the inner walls of the container. We avoid exerting excessive pressure on the root system and also pulling the stem of the plant; in fact, this type of stimulation risks damaging the tissues of the stem and part of the root system, making the repotting moment too stressful for the plant. As far as possible we try to remove the old soil from the roots; if necessary, remove the damaged or blackened parts of the root system with a pair of sharp and clean scissors. Place a good amount of fresh soil in the new pot, place the plant in the center of the pot, and cover the roots, making sure to fill all the spaces well. We exert a medium pressure on the ground, in order to let the soil penetrate the spaces between the roots, but avoiding to crush the smaller roots. Remember to place the plant at the same depth as it was in the previous container. After filling the jar, shake it a couple of times vigorously, to allow any air pockets to fill with earth.