A few days ago, I finally satisfied my gardening bug by going to Lowe’s for prettifying backyard plants. Besides two gorgeous bougainvillea, I chose a couple Stella daylilies and some Mexican heather to put into a large pot, thinking the yellow and purple blooms would compliment each other.
However, in my haste to appease my gardening hunger, I did not look at the bottom of the pots. To my dismay, the three Mexican heathers were grossly rootbound.
In such a situation, there are three options, and, since I had three plants, I decided to do one of each for experimentation’s sake. So, after planting the taller lily plants in the middle of the pot, I brought out my handy-dandy boning scissors from the kitchen for the heathers.
Option #1: Cut the container sides, but leave the bottom intact, and plant.
Option #2: Cut the container sides and carefully cut the bottom into small pieces and remove, leaving the roots as intact as possible, then plant.
Option #3: Cut the container bottom off, remove the plant from the plastic and plant. This one made my green thumb throb with agony.
Here is the pretty result; however, I’ll monitor the heathers to see if they all grow the same.
Best gardening tip: Use Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix (especially in hot climates), water the soil before adding the plants to the pot, then add a little water after the planting is finished and more soil has been added. This will help the roots branch out and take hold sooner. (Exception: cacti, of course.) Always follow a plant’s sun and water directions for maintaining healthy flora.
In another way, I am completely rootbound to my loving family, which is constantly growing.:-)