A lot of people are guilty of plant’s homicide. They pick up a flower or plant looking beautiful and elegant in a store, only for the plant to die once they get home.
While some plants can thrive well in a container, most of them die due to sheer negligence or limited knowledge on the owner’s part.
It is advisable to keep those plants in their container for a while before transplanting.
Can You Leave A Plant In The Container It Came In?
Yes, but will your plant have to sit in that pot forever? NO!
Most house plants should be left in their original container at least for a while before transplanting them. Indoor plants, decorative plants thrive well in their original box; some can even last as long as 3-4 years.
These plants are usually in a plastic container or pot with a drainage hole made below the pot. The potting mix has been done in such a light way that makes drainage easy.
Before buying a plant in a container, ensure you check the drainage hole very well. The drainage hole is very important; it helps the plant exchange oxygen in place for carbon dioxide.
A plant container without a drainage hole is bound to be waterlogged.
Do Not Transplant The Nursery Plant From Its Original Container Immediately
Most plant owners get confused; once they get the plant from the store, they immediately move the plant from the container into the soil and start watering it. This is not a good idea as the plant has passed through a lot of stress already.
Before you bought the plant, the seller had raised them in a perfect greenhouse condition, after which the plant was uprooted from this ideal environment to sit in the nursery where you got them.
Transplanting them back immediately to the environment they left is like you ejecting a tenant from his/her home; the plant will be denied the necessary care.
The nursey plant should be left in that nursery pot for at least 12 months before transplanting them. Unnecessary repotting of a plant from its original container to the soil can put the plant under stress.
With this stress, the plant’s leaves may start turning yellow or even fall off.
Why Should You Transport A Plant From Its Original Container?
Plants in their original containers most times have a potting mix that may not be sufficient to cater to the plant’s future need.
For example, most herbs do not thrive well in a potting mix with a peaty substrate, low or no mineral, and low pH.
But they are forced to grow in it, to give them a sense of relief and a space for maximal growth, there is a need to transplant it to suitable soil.
As the plant grows, its root becomes lengthier and broader; in no time, these roots fill the whole pot, resulting in little or no room for future growth.
In this case, the soil may not hold or provide the soil with the needed nutrients and moisture. The plant’s health and growth will start declining. When such things happen, it is an indication that the plants need to be repotted.
You must know that not all plant loves to be repotted in fact, some despise it as it may affect their growth and health.
With this in mind, some plant care companies don’t repot or transplant their new plants.
The addition of fertilizer makes a plant healthy; however, it should not be done anyhow; instead, add it one to four times in a year, and in a lightly manner.
Some plants can remain in their original containers for years, but some simply can’t. Those that can’t stay in the container anymore will start showing some signs. Hence, it is good to transplant these plants when they show those signs.
Handful Tips About Repotting
Never remove a plant from its original container to another because of aesthetic purposes or other flimsy excuses.
Also, too much repotting of a plant can harm the plant. For some plants, the leaves will start turning brown, so you may need to consult a professional before transplanting or repotting.
Repotting is ok, provided it is done at the right time and with the proper techniques. Repotting gives the root a maximum expression; also, it improves the plant’s drainage.
With proper repotting techniques, your house plant will get bigger. It will also provide the plant with better nutrients.
You can transplant from one pot to a bigger one or directly to the soil, but you need to consider some things before repotting. You need to put the pot’s size, the potting mix, or the type of soil into consideration.
With this in mind, you can’t just transplant your house plant anyhow; you need to be sure that it is fully ready for it.
When Do You Transfer A Plant From Its Original Container To Another One?
When a plant is ripe for repotting, it shows some signs. Some of which are:
- The roots of the plant will extend and may come out of the bottom through the drainage hole.
- You will notice a circular fashion in which the roots are growing.
- When you wet the plant, the soil will absorb little or no water.
- The pot looks so deformed as if it’s ready to shatter into pieces.
- The plant leans or bends towards the soil; this is due to its heavy-weight
- The soil can no longer hold water or moisture.
- You will notice that the roots reside in the container than it is in the soil.
- If the root shows on the top of the soil
- Another confirmatory sign is to check if the plant is root-bound, i.e., try to slide the entire content out of the pot. If this does not happen quickly, then the plant s root-bound.
If your plant shows one or more of these things above, it is time to transplant or repot it!