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Mon, 05/07/2012 - 10:48 — Sarah Martinez
Repot for the look of it
Improve the look (and health) of your houseplants by repotting
Sometimes your houseplants are crying out for help, and a repotting session is just what the plant doc would prescribe…
- Roots are bursting out of the bottom of the container.
- Foliage is crowded in its current confines—and starting to yellow in places.
- Once-lustrous leaves are limp. Your plant is saying “Meh.” instead of “Wow!”
- Soil is crusty and crumbly, instead of rich and healthy looking.
But you don’t have to wait for trouble to arise before repotting your houseplants. It’s absolutely OK to give your plants a new home just because you want a fresh look! Upgrading from a plain plastic or terra-cotta pot can make a houseplant worthy of the spotlight. And there a lot of options out there.
Glazed pottery offers almost limitless possibilities. It comes in different shapes, sizes and colors to create the look you want to achieve. It is heavy, though. So make a choice you’ll be happy with for the long haul.
Decorative terra cotta is a step above the plain ol’ pot. Look for square or rectangular planters, tall urns and pots with additional designs/motifs. These are all great choices when you love the traditional garden look—but want something with a little more pizzazz.
Lightweight “faux” containers are another option that comes in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors. Sometimes these pots are fiberglass; other times they’re foam-based. Regardless, they all have a fancy look without the heavy weight.
Found objects are all the rage right now. Head out to your garage or shed. Most likely there’s something in there you’ve been holding on to just because it’s interesting. An old cooking pot, perhaps. Or a weathered metal bucket. With a little modification (mainly the addition of a drain hole at the bottom) you can turn this into a one-of-a-kind planter. (Inspiration alert! Check out our Facebook page for many awesome ideas submitted by our customers!
After you settle on your new look, the real dirty work begins. If you want repotting to be easier (and a lot more fun) head to your nearest Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery and take part in the