REFRESH PLANTS IN CON­TAIN­ERS

Garden Answers (UK) - - Easy Gardening -

Long-term con­tainer plants will ben­e­fit from some at­ten­tion now be­fore start­ing into growth again.

1 GIVE THEIR ROOTS MORE SPACE

Plants that have been in the same con­tainer for sev­eral years might well have be­come pot bound and need mov­ing into a slightly larger con­tainer. Gen­tly tip them out from their ex­ist­ing pots and tease out roots to en­cour­age them to spread out into their new home. Trim away old or dead roots.

2 REFRESH THE COM­POST

If you can’t move them into a larger pot it’s still worth tak­ing out the plant with as much of the old com­post as pos­si­ble and cut away old roots. Then re­pot in the same con­tainer with fresh com­post and slow-re­lease fer­tiliser.

3 TOPDRESS AND FEED

Con­tainer plants that don’t need re­pot­ting yet should have the top 5cm (2in) of com­post scraped away. Re­place it with fresh John Innes No. 3 com­post and add a sprin­kling of slow-re­lease fer­tiliser.

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