I like buying small potted plants because: 1 – they look cute, 2 – cost way less than the bigger pots and 3 – it’s nice to nurse them from start – no pun intended. I find joy in seeing the plants grow to the point of it bursting out of the pot. Bad plant momma.
I bought this tiny pot of Sanseveria during one of my weekend garden walks at Lowes. It was in a nice pink cache pot and didn’t mind it much. Then one day, I noticed that it seemed to be bursting out of the pot so i lifted it up and oh my… it was root bound! Poor thing – it was probably choking itself.
My first reaction was to try not to panic. So I gathered my tools and materials and got to work. I’m no expert but here’s what you can do in case this happens to you:
– Gently loosen the soil and roots. Check for pests, ‘dead roots,’ etc
– Prepare the soil: i used potting mix, perlite, worm castings and horticultural charcoal
– Mix the soil until well combined
Add soil to a container that is 1 size bigger. You don’t want too big of a pot as it will store a lot of water and cause the roots to rot. Place the plant in the center and back fill with more soil. Lightly pack the soil and tap the pot to make sure that there are no air pockets and that the roots have direct contact with the soil.
Finally, I added water until it overflowed the pot then let it drain for several hours. Sanseverias don’t need a lot of water so stop yourself from giving them too much. Place the pot in a bright area, away from direct sunlight and encourage it to grow. Yes… talk to your plants and let them know that they are loved.
Thanks for hanging out with me. See you next time!