Plant growth and enegy reserves
Ok, I have a few questions regarding plants and their most "robust" growth periods, and stored energy.
In my readings here, in particular, posts by Al, I've been reading about repotting times based on the time of most robust growth. I guess what I'm getting at here is that I'm not really sure when that is. In my case, a lot of my plants grow well all year, and don't seem to have a down time. The exception would be my Pachira, which clearly slows down in winter, although as the older leaves fall off, new ones grow, but slower. Some plants, like my chinese evergreens, seem to grow MORE in winter, probably due to deeper sun penetration into the house.
All of my plants are situated in my dining area, which has a large south-west facing window, as well as the large sliding glass doors, which face south-east. Needless to say, I get a LOT of sun in this room, which results in great performance. If certain plants grow well all year, is it safe to say that anytime is ok for repotting and pruning??
Also, the whole "stored energy" thing confuses me a bit sometimes. I guess I always assumed that when a plant starts putting up new growth, that it must have plenty of energy available. This question comes based off of my post about the ficus alii, and the work I just did on it. Because it has new growth going on, I figured it was ok to root prune and such. I'd like to know a little more about how a plant builds up energy reserves, and how/when it is stored and/or used. I understand fully well how photosynthesis works to create energy, and always assumed that if the plant has leaves, it has the ability to produce energy, assuming you have healthy roots.
Thanks in advance to all who indulge in this one, although I do recognize that this is a bit scientific. Al, I know you have a lot of available knowledge in this department, so I look forward to learning some stuff, and I also realize you are busy, so I'll be patient. I'm also interested in everyone else's knowledge as well, or add-in questions for that matter.