Question on "transferring" plants into 5-1-1 mix
Ok...I have about 20 houseplants(see pics below) and have changed all but 2 of them over to my homemade 5-1-1 mix.
I did not even consider or think too seriously about removing all the old potting soil from around the root mass/ball of each plant before I put them into the new mix.
I loosened the root ball/mass and teased out some roots and plunked it down into my new mix(My fern I couldn't even really loosen it b/c it was so packed so I just plunked it down in the pot)...I was sooo excited!!
But .... I just lost 2 young plants to root rot b/c while the 5-1-1 was dry the root ball never dried out...so I quickly unpotted the other 4 young plants (again!!!) and carefully cleaned off every bit of potting soil off of them(they never dried out either but I caught them in time...they had bigger root systems also).
So my question is this...should I unpot them all (again) and clean off the root ball/mass and get rid of all the potting soil on the roots so I don't risk root rot on my other houseplants? My other plants look wonderful and look like they are not declining at all. Some of them are actually growing(I see new growth and bigger leaves) and then others look good but not as much new growth but still look good nonetheless.
I bare rooted these 3 and another small one...the roots were caked with wet potting soil that I had to pick off.
A just-watered dieffenbachia and pothos behind it and a spider plant behind both of them
Mom and pups(just separated from mom)
Dracaena limelight...my husband put it out in the sun and the leaves got burned...arghhhhh
This spider and the previous one were one planting. I separated it when I transferred it over to the 511 mix....lots of roots on both plants.