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We often want to repot a new or existing plant. This guide contains tips for potting plants.


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By 11 found this helpful
May 14, 2012

When repotting plants, or planting new seeds, place a coffee filter in the bottom of the pot before filling it with soil. The filter stops the soil from leaking out of the holes in the bottom of the pot, it also helps keep the soil moist.


By Eileen H. from Yorktown VA

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March 19, 2012

When potting plants or seeds, place a coffee filter in the bottom of the pot before filling it with soil. The filter stops the soil from leaking out of the holes in the bottom of the pot and making a mess in the saucer. It also helps keep your soil moist.

By Eileen from Yorktown, VA

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May 2, 2012

When you're using a planting pot, the bottom always has a hole for the water to drain out.To avoid losing dirt out of this hole, just put two coffee filters in the bottom. This will keep dirt in and allow for water drainage.


By Coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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By 10 found this helpful
February 10, 2010

This is a so simple idea that I saw the other day that I could kick myself for not using it all these years. Probably everyone knows this one. When planting in any container with a hole in the bottom and you don't want the dirt or whatever to come out, use a coffee filter. Like I said, it is simple! It also makes it easier to transplant seedlings.

Source: January Issue of Ready Made Magazine

By teressafaye from Saltville, VA

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By 0 found this helpful
May 12, 2008

My Mom gave me this tip. Always scrub out last year's pots with a slight bleach solution to kill any fungus, blight, or other diseases that may have accumulated in your pots from last year's use.


After soaking in a slight bleach mixture, make sure you wash extremely well in HOT water to get rid of the bleach. Then when you plant your new plants they are at less of a risk of picking up disease. This is especially important in container gardening.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 24, 2009

You know how difficult it is to scoop up potting soil when potting plants? Well, they make a wonderful tool for that, one that I had not seen and was pointed out to me.

Now, I am pointing out this tip to you. Get yourself a big scoop designed for just this purpose. Some of them have an edge with teeth that helps you open the bags of potting soil.

This tool will make potting, repotting and planting much easier. Glad someone passed the tip on to me.

By Rika from Brunswick, Georgia


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December 27, 20040 found this helpful

Here are some tips for repotting plants. When repotting plants, I always hated how the soil fell through the drainage holes.

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May 7, 2012

What is the best way to repot a spider plant? This one is a house plant.

By Judy

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