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How to do it: repot houseplants.

March is a good time to check whether older houseplants need repotting. Turn the pot upside down, supporting the plant with one hand, with the stem between your middle and third fingers.

Rap the base of the pot sharply to knock the rootball out of the pot. If roots are showing around the edge of the compost, it is time to repot.

Return the rootball to its pot temporarily. Take a pot 3cm-5cm (1in-2in) wider and deeper.

Place fresh potting compost in the base of the pot, stand the old pot inside the new one and press compost down round the sides.

Knock the plant out of its old pot again and fit it snugly into the space you have made in the new pot.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2005
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