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Which indoor flowers feel better in tight pots: their growth will depend on it

Yulia PoteriankoLife
In a pot that is too large, zamioculcas will form bulbs, not branches

When repotting indoor plants, we often pay attention to whether the root system is cramped in the pot and try to transplant the green pet into a more spacious container. Experienced gardeners say that this can be a very serious mistake.

In fact, many species require a small pot to grow on the windowsill. As OBOZ.UA has learned, such conditions allow the plant to concentrate on growing lush foliage and forming buds. With its roots resting on the edge of the pot, it stops investing resources in the development of a strong underground part and begins to use them to the fullest in order to create a suitable crown. Here are some species for which growing in large pots is contraindicated.

Saintpaulia

Violets will not bloom if they are planted in a pot that is too deep and wide. Moreover, in such conditions, the soil will accumulate too much moisture, which can lead to root rot and the death of the flower. To calculate the optimal pot size for Saintpaulia, simply divide the diameter of the leaf rosette by two or even three. That's how tight a pot it needs.

Sansevieria

This hardy plant needs conditions that seem very bad and uncomfortable to us. However, sansevierias like poor soil that does not retain moisture well, infrequent watering, minimal fertilization, and small pots. The root system of the plant is shallow, so the pot for it can be flat. It should be transplanted only when the roots begin to poke out to the soil surface.

Ficus

These plants are generally quite unpretentious to the conditions of their keeping, but they do not tolerate overflow. Therefore, a large amount of soil is not suitable for the ficus. In addition, this is the same group of indoor flowers that tend to invest in the development of the root system and poorly grow a crown if there is too much space in the pot. When choosing a pot for transplanting a ficus, calculate its diameter so that there is about 2 centimeters from the tips of the roots to the walls of the container, but no more.

Euphorbia

Euphorbia includes both the exotic species of Euphorbia trigona, similar to a cactus with single leaves, and the luxurious poinsettia. All species from this group need a significant layer of drainage at the bottom of the pot and a relatively small space for the root system. When choosing a container for any Euphorbia, you can use the same rule as for ficus. The pot should be only 2-3 centimeters larger in radius than the size of the plant's root system.

Zamioculcas

The plant will not start growing until it develops a powerful root system, which is based on nodules with a significant supply of nutrients. Zamioculcas will grow these nodules until it feels that it is resting against the walls of the pot. Therefore, if you want your plant to start developing a spectacular bush, do not plant it in a large pot: it will be busy forming roots, not stems, for a long time.

Amaryllis

The root system of this flower is a multi-layered bulb from which more and more new leaves grow and flowering shoots are expelled. The roots, which absorb food from the soil, are located on the bottom of the bulb. Therefore, the flower does not need a wide space for growth. It is better to make sure that the pot is deep enough to accommodate the entire root system and leave a little space underneath. Calculating the diameter of the container for amaryllis is quite simple: it should be 2-3 centimeters wider than the diameter of the bulb.

Balsam

This flower is characterized by an underdeveloped root system that occupies only the surface layer of the soil. Therefore, balsam does not need a large pot. Due to the excessive space, the soil can begin to accumulate moisture and the risk of accidentally overfilling the plant increases. For one flower bush, a pot with a diameter of 10 cm will be quite enough.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you which plants can be grown in semi-dark rooms: it will not harm them.

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