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Now’s a good time of year to repot those houseplants that have outgrown themselves. If their roots are coming out the bottom, or have circled around so many times they’ve formed their OWN pot, it’s time!
As you can see from the above picture taken from dummies.com, those roots have circled around themselves and are of no benefit to the plant. They’re actually strangling it. They can either be cut off carefully or unwind what you can. Remove any mushy roots as well. They will look yellowish or brownish.
Repot in a container that is just one size bigger than the one it’s in. That means 1 to 2 inches. Thoroughly water your plant 24 hours before you repot, carefully remove your plant. Place a coffee filter at the bottom of your new container, this will let the water drain out but the soil will stay. Fill your new pot with just enough soil to center your plant at the same depth it had been in. Fill in the sides, tamping the soil and watering. The fern below could be sliced up (divided) into at least 4 plants!
Water well and keep your plant out of direct sunlight for a few days while your plant gets used to it’s new digs. For more information and pictures check out Our Garden Gang, this website has some other great information as well.