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Separating Plants In A Mixed Container

Ask the Expert: when is it a safe time to replant
I was given 2 planters from my moms funeral
both have at least 10-12 house plants a piece in them some are large when is a safe time to repot them to separate containers Susan

Reply:

Susan,

When I receive plants from a funeral, I usually wait at least a week before I transplant them. This gives me time to see if any of the plants are in severe transplant shock. Repotting a plant that is in severe transplant shock is a tricky proposition and can cause an increase the severity of the shock. Anytime you repot a plant it will go through a bit of shock, but a slight one. Once you have determined that the plants are only slightly in shock or not in shock at all, repot them. When you plant them make sure you don’t plant them deeper than they were in the original container. Be sure to give them the care that each individual plant requires and don’t fuss over them. They will need a little time to recover from the repotting process.

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