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RL Ideas: Repotting Plants for your Garden

A step-by-step guide to help you transfer your plants from ugly plastic containers into beautiful planters


It really is quite annoying seeing plants still in the ugly plastic containers you bought them in! Let them breathe and grow better by transferring them into bigger pots. 

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STEP 1 A day or two before you repot, give your plants or seedlings a thorough watering so the soil sticks together.


STEP 2 Pour around one inch of moistened garden soil into your potting container.


STEP 3 To remove plant from its old plastic container or bag, cut the container, hold plant by the strongest part of its stem and carefully pull it out.


STEP 4 Examine the plant's roots. Trim and remove soil any roots that look decayed, damaged, or fungus-eaten.


STEP 5 Lay the plant carefully on top of the moistened soil in your container. If you're planting a row, space the plants around two inches apart.


STEP 6 Fill container with garden soil until it entirely covers the roots. Water plant as needed.



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