Should I Re-pot?

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Should I Re-pot?

Post by Duns » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:36 pm

I have an Aloe which I think is A. doran black and its flower stalks are starting to emerge. I am keen to re-pot it, however I am concerned that if I do this now it will interfere with the development of the flowers. Should I leave it for now or is it safe to press on?

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Re: Should I Re-pot?

Post by Stuart » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:34 pm

Can't see any harm in repotting though I suppose the term is technically 'potting on' . I always prefer to leave the soil ball intact rather than mess about with the roots. If in a greenhouse I still wouldn't water yet even if it is coming into flower.
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Re: Should I Re-pot?

Post by Duns » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:38 am

Many thanks Stuart for your advice - I will press on and pot-on :grin:

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Re: Should I Re-pot?

Post by Cidermanrolls » Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:57 pm

Can you help me understand the technical differences between repotting and potting on? We don't appear to know here whether this is a need to increase pot size or just change the soil.
As for the original question, if you can achieve the operation without too much root damage, then it will probably not cause to much upset. But if you do damage the root system, the plant may choose to divert resources. What is interesting of course is that a threat to life often leads plants to try to reproduce, so flowering could even be promoted.....
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Re: Should I Re-pot?

Post by gerald » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:43 am

If anything 'potting on' is to give a growing plant a larger pot to grow in as it increases in size.

To 'repot' would not necessarily require a larger pot, but introduce new soil to a plant that has been in the same pot for a number of years.
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Re: Should I Re-pot?

Post by Stuart » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:01 pm

I think we tend to say 'repot' when we're actually 'potting on' a plant. My personal preference is that if a plant seems to be growing OK then I'd just give it a larger pot and disturb the roots as little as possible. I'd make an exception for Haworthias that seem to grow much better roots in pumice, in that case I usually remove the soil and repot in pumice.
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