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Gardening: Getting to grips with potting.

Byline: ADRIENNE WILD

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POTTING on, or potting up as it's sometimes referred to, is an important spring job as both young and mature plants, including houseplants, are growing strongly.

Pot on when roots begin to cover the surface of the rootball but before they start to circle the pot. Water the plant half an hour or so before potting. Use a clean pot, no more than 2in larger than the original. Part- fill with slightly damp compost then sit the plant in its new pot to check it is at the right depth - the rootball of the plant should be at the same level.

Always pot on into the same type of compost - soil-less mixtures or John Innes - to avoid problems with watering.

Put a layer of crocks or polystyrene chips in the bottom of large containers, and especially patio pots, to aid drainage.

When potting into large deep pots, use a short piece of wood to lightly firm the compost around the sides of the rootball to prevent air pockets forming.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 18, 2004
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