schefflera arboricola repotting

Ashleyrenataylor(8a)September 12, 2013

I recieved a achefflera arboricola recently it stands around 12-13 inches tall and is in a 1 gallon pot. What are a few signs that would help me know when to repot? I don't want to take out of garden container until i know for sure when I need to replant.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

One clue 'might ' be that several roots are trying to escape from the bottom drainage holes. I say 'might ' because it's not a sure thing by any means.

The best way is to simply slip the plant gently out of the container so that the root ball can be examined. Contrary to what some people seem to think, taking a plant from its container for minute does no harm whatsoever to the plant. I inspect plant roots before purchasing if I have any question or concerns. Always for any woody nursery plant.

A root bound plant will have a mass of encircling roots or the root volume will greatly exceed the soil volume.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 4:02PM
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Hi Ashley,

Aside from Rhizo's great advice, I have a question for you.

I see the black, plastic container is sitting inside a ceramic?pot.

Is the plastic container sitting directly inside the outer pot?
If so, when you water, it will accumulate and can cause root rot.

I find adding a couple pieces of sheet styrofoam works.
Of course, once the plastic pot is propped-up, it will stick out of the outer container. :)

BTW, very nice Scheff.. Toni

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 4:32PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Hi & welcome to Gardenweb! Beautiful plant and pot!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 1:58PM
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