The tell-tale signs that your plant has grown as much as it can in it's current pot and needs to be rehoused are the following:
Follow-our step-by-step guide to repot your plant.
Water the plant a few days before you are repotting as it will be easier to work with moist soil. Then tease out your plant from its old plastic nursery pot, gently untangle the roots, move into its new container, add potting mix and carefully remove any air pockets. Then give your plant a thorough watering.
We recommend repotting your plant in Spring at the beginning of the growing season. This will help to make sure that you don't shock your plant and the roots will be able to readjust into their new home as quickly as possible.
Generally most plants will be okay if left for a week or 10 days especially if they are looked after properly before you leave. Make sure you give them a thorough watering and keep them away from places with fluctuating temperatures and away from direct sunlight.
If you are going away for longer we recommend asking a friend or neighbour to help with some plant sitting. You can also make your own slow release watering device by making a whole in a bottle lid with a pin and leave this upside down in the plant pot.
Water - the most common plant care issue is people overwatering their plants. Make sure that you check the soil moisture before watering, and always avoid wet soil.
Light - if you plant looks burnt and is yellowing or has brown crispy leaves then it might be getting to much light and be getting burnt. If your plant isn't getting enough light it may look limp and weak, move it closer to the window or into a brighter room.
Temperature - if your plant gets too cold it may go dormant or could even loose leaves. If it is too hot this may reduce humidity and your plant may look dry and parched.
Humidity - if the humidity is too low your plant may have brown and crispy leaf edges. Most plants will not have enough humidity in the average home so we recommend misting regularly.
Common pests include spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, scale insects.
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