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Old 03-05-2016, 08:22 AM
 
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Why not just buy a big pot and have the plant in it for years?
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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For the best results, a plant should not be repotted into a container more than 1" larger diameter. Putting one small plant in a really big pot requires a lot more water, to ensure that all of the soil is moist, and it will retain moisture longer which can lead to root rot. Most plants like the soil to be moist, not wet.
Some plants, such as Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) prefer to be rootbound, we have one 60 years old, in the same pot since at least 1974 when we got it.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:48 AM
 
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Why not just buy a big pot and have the plant in it for years?
Not being a smarty pants here as I asked the same thing of my grandmother about 50 years ago as a little girl and never forgot her answer. She had numerous beautiful houseplants throughout her home, I would say between 75 -100 plants, and it seemed to me like she was forever repotting one or another of them. People would consult with her about how to grow different plants. I asked your question and she answered, "that would be like buying you a pair of shoes too big because you would eventually grow into them".

Pots too big carry too much water, the roots rot, and plants don't thrive.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:01 AM
 
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All depends on the plant. Indoor house plants sure pot to fit and repot as it grows.

Outdoor landscape plants put it in the final pot and be done with it.

Unless you like the whole zen potting to jazz music on a Sunday afternoon thing.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:32 AM
 
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Some plants, such as Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) prefer to be rootbound, we have one 60 years old, in the same pot since at least 1974 when we got it.
This is amazing! I was gifted one of these 12 years ago and it's in the original pot. It blooms beautifully every Christmas. It has grown quite a bit top side, and I was wondering about repotting soon...I will leave well enough alone.

Do you ever prune any of the top off?
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Old 03-05-2016, 11:09 AM
 
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This is amazing! I was gifted one of these 12 years ago and it's in the original pot. It blooms beautifully every Christmas. It has grown quite a bit top side, and I was wondering about repotting soon...I will leave well enough alone.

Do you ever prune any of the top off?
I trim them when they get large, put the cuttings in a small glass of water let the roots develop and pass them along to friends in small pots.
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Old 03-05-2016, 11:14 AM
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There's also the factor of being able to renew the soil and add slow release nutrients when you re-pot. Potting soil does get "old", for lack of a better word.
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Old 03-05-2016, 12:00 PM
 
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Why not just buy a big pot and have the plant in it for years?
I stopped repotting plants and just add fresh soil on top each season. So far so good. Roots don't really spread out as much as we think.

Even when I pull up my veggie plants, that are planted in the ground, the roots are pretty compact - not spread out a lot.
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Old 03-05-2016, 12:37 PM
 
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This is amazing! I was gifted one of these 12 years ago and it's in the original pot. It blooms beautifully every Christmas. It has grown quite a bit top side, and I was wondering about repotting soon...I will leave well enough alone.

Do you ever prune any of the top off?
I would appreciate it if you don't hijack my thread.
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Old 03-05-2016, 04:24 PM
 
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Potting soil is just like everything else, it wears out over time.
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