This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

July 11, 2015

Soaking the roots of a plant to help it recover

Although I've been looking after these plants in my courtyard for a friend of mine for over a week now, I hadn't realized until yesterday that one of them, which I had been watering consistently and was getting rattier and rattier, wasn't actually planted in its pot. During the trip here, it had just been kind'a plopped into a pot so it's roots were stranded above the soil, and it needed some emergency care.

So I'm soaking the roots. To do this, you just fill a bucket up with water and put the plant in it. I will let it soak like this for a few hours, add some fresh potting soil to the pot (which is supposed to be delivered to me this morning), give it a good trim, and water it in well.

Of course, you don't want to leave a plant like this in water for days, as it would rot the roots, but for a couple of hours this will help hydrate the roots as an emergency measure. I'll let you know how it goes.
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