Re-potting for Spring!

I am going to repot my plants tomorrow once I drop off my daughter at daycare. It is incredibly hard to get anything done when she is with me so I have to do some things without her. She just turned three which is an incredibly fun age; however, she feels she must be large and in charge with every ounce of her body. She would want to help me and then take over, not knowing what my plants need. I’d rather avoid her sassitude and just take care of business without my bossy toddler around. 😉

First things first… I need to identify what plants I am re-potting then identify their specific needs. in terms of soil and size of pots. I have many varieties of plants ranging from water-loving elephant ears and ferns, to drought-tolerant succulents, and vining plants. I plan to move most of the tropicals outside but at the same time, Kansas is notorious for pests and annoying creatures.. Merp. I will likely keep my favorite plants inside where I can bask in the greenery of my home. I love being outside but once the mosquitos hit, I’m out. Skeeters love me.

The following plants are going to be re-potted:

  • Philodendron Congo Rojo
  • Birds of Paradise
  • Monstera (I have two that are incredibly root bound!)
  • Pothos (I have several pots needing soil attention)
  • Elephant ear bulbs (will be in pots)
  • Ferns (will be placed in the ground)
  • Basket variety plant from a silent auction (my boyfriend bought this for me). The one pot contains: a type of fern, peace lily, ivy, bella palm, peperomia (variegated), and an arrowhead plant (these types of plants should NOT be planted together… in my opinion)
  • Zz plant

Philodendron Congo Rojo

  • Soil: Using a well draining soil is ideal. This philodendron can grow in 100% sphagnum peat moss but I will be using a *SOIL-LESS* mixture containing peat moss and perlite.
  • Fertilizer: During the spring / summer growing season, fertilize monthly. During the winter, fertilize every other month.
  • Pot / Planter: If roots are well compacted or if the vine is protruding from the pot (like the Congo Rojo that I have), upgrade the pot 2-3 inches larger.
  • I am going to stake my Philo Congo Rojo to encourage growth upwards in a vining fashion.

Birds of Paradise

  • Soil: Mix together an all purpose potting soil, peat moss, and sand. The sand provides for a well-draining consistency.
  • Fertilizer: Use bone meal when you re-pot (include in the soil mixture) but also fertilize your Bird of Paradise every two weeks during growing season (March-September) with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Pot / Planter: These plants like to stay compacted. I will only be upgrading the pot by a couple inches.

Monstera (to be posted)

  • Soil:
  • Fertilizer:
  • Pot / Planter
  • Stake / Sphagnum Moss Pole:

Pothos (to be posted)

  • Soil:
  • Fertilizer:
  • Pot / Planter:
  • Steak / Sphagnum Moss Pole:

Elephant Ear Bulbs (to be posted)

  • Soil:
  • Fertilizer:
  • Pot / Planter:

Fern Roots (to be posted)

  • Optimal Location:
  • Fertilizer:

Variety Basket (Fern, Peace Lily, Peperomia, Ivy, Bella Palm, Arrowhead) (to be posted)

  • FERN:
  • IVY:

Zz Plant (to be posted)

  • Soil:
  • Fertilizer:
  • Pot / Planter:

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