Container plants get “pot bound”
… with tight circular roots that can’t get enough nutrition and eventually kill the plant.
The following information explains pruning
plant roots for an easy to grow healthy container plant.
Did you know some plants stop growing if you stop root pruning them?
Air pruning the roots brings in air from the sides which prevent container plants from getting pot bound which encourages plant growth.
Grow bags, airpots or a regular pot? round, square … ceramic or plastic etc?
So many choices when growing plants by container gardening. Each type of plant container has its own strengths and weaknesses.
For example, if you do plan to air prune the roots, you will need to water those pots two times more than normal for maximum plant health.
It’s probably best you do research to determine what works best for you and your container plants depending on what you are gardening.
How to Re-Pot a Root-Bound Plant
Root pruning is a great way to rejuvenate pot bound plants. Learn how to properly transplant potted plants into a garden … step by step instruction.
Quick Tip: Root Bound Plants
Reduce your anxiety… If you are new plant parent who’s hesitant to try re-potting that plant, after this video, you will easily be growing a container garden.
Pot bound is actually called ROOT Bound, because, well, the roots are all bound together. But … Can root bound plants recover?
Yes, I am happy to say, the plant can possibly recover from being root-bound
Pruning roots is a normal part of helping most container plants grow and avoid getting root bound.
How do you fix root bound plants?
You basically have 3 options to fix a container plant that is root bound.
1 – Re-pot the plant in a bigger container
2 – Prune the roots and re-pot in the same container
3 – Divide the plant, if appropriate, and re-pot the divisions.
How to re-pot a plant in container or pot for optimum growth
Are there any plants that should not get their roots pruned?
Any plant that has a tap root – Moringa for example, cannot be root pruned. You can however prune most fibrous root plants and trees.
How do you stop root bound?
Preventing your plants from outgrowing their pots and becoming root bound is not difficult.
Most container plants can be really easy to grow … if done strategically.
Easily grow container plants by repeatedly re-potting them, which encourages them to grow every time you re-pot. When re-potting, keep roots intact and re-pot it in a pot with around 6 inches of room to grow.
Use well draining potting mix with peat moss, perlite and compost and a liquid fertilizer a few days after re-potting.
Repeat the process every 1-2 years into slightly bigger containers.
When you re-pot the plant may appear dormant or dead for a few days but it will spring back to life in a few days.
Hope you enjoyed this information of how to fix container plants that get pot root bound. May it bring you healthy plants that are easy to grow.
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