emergency February repot? Or do you counsel patience?
I know late winter is not really the right time to attempt repotting my indoor plants, but I'm wondering if perhaps it's the only way to resolve some of the problems they're suffering from currently.
For reference, here's what I've got:
-2.5' kishu mandarin
-2.5' ficus lyrata (2-stemmed)
-2 croton plants (Codiaeum)
-small heather plant
The problems and likely culprits:
-fungus gnats infesting each plant (despite my very conservative watering)
-leaf drop on the kishu (prob. low-light related)
-soil compaction/exposed roots on jasmine
All plants but the fig are planted in 5-1-1 mix which I must have seriously screwed up given the gnat issue and the PWT. I think the bark pieces I used were too large for the rest of the mix. This might also explain the exposed roots on the jasmine.
The fig is just in standard houseplant (water-retaining) mix because I purchased it a few weeks ago and wasn't sure whether to repot or wait.
Thankfully none of the plants appear to be diseased or nutrient-deficient but the gnat infestation and not-quite-right soil seem to be causing stress.
So - I've assembled 2/3 of the ingredients I need for gritty mix (Turface and granite, still looking for bark fines) and am very eager to repot each plant in it so as to maximize their potential and remove/reduce the gnat problem. But this generally isn't the best time of year to repot.
Which is worse? Disturbing the plants by repotting now?
Or letting them languish in substandard conditions until spring?
If it makes any difference: currently the plants receive bright, indirect like all day from large North and East facing bay windows.
I was considering moving some of the more sun-craving ones to my office next month where they can benefit from southern exposure and slightly warmer temps.
So should I act now?
Or do I need to sit on my hands and remember the difference between "plant time" and human time?
Any help would be appreciated!
Let me know if any more info would be helpful.