Alan’s job of the month

Re­pot­ting house­plants

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If your house­plants are look­ing a bit tired and weary of life, then don’t wait for spring to di­vide and re­pot them to make new ones. What’s more, with Christ­mas just around the cor­ner, the plants will look much more dec­o­ra­tive, and you can even give away any ex­tras as presents. The peace lily ( Spathiphyl­lum wal­lisii) is a good ex­am­ple of such a plant. Hand­some of habit and gen­er­ous with its flow­ers, it’s enor­mously tol­er­ant of ev­ery in­door sit­u­a­tion, from bright indi­rect light to rel­a­tive gloom. Only scorch­ing sun­light will cause it to suf­fer. It can also form a dense clump quite rapidly, fill­ing its pot with fi­brous roots. These are tough enough to with­stand quite bru­tal di­vi­sion – although you’ll prob­a­bly need the help of a kitchen knife!

FIVE EASY HOUSE­PLANTS

Aloe vera A sun-lov­ing suc­cu­lent with skin-sooth­ing sap Moth or­chid Flow­ers for months on end; wa­ter spar­ingly Rub­ber plant A glossy, leath­ery-leaved retro favourite Spi­der plant Very tol­er­ant, forms a cas­cade of baby plants Swiss cheese plant Fa­mous for its large, ho­ley leaves

Re­pot house­plants, such as this par­lour palm, ev­ery few years to keep them happy

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