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I live on Long Island, NY.  I have many houseplants that are now in need of pruning and/or re-potting.  Do I need to wait until the spring before I can do this, or can I do it now?  Thanks for your help.


It would be better if you waited till after March 1st when the days are getting longer and your plants are beginning to start growing. If you are only pruning and not repotting that can begin after February 1st but repotting should not start till after March 1st. When you repot you should move the plant to a pot with a diameter no more than 2 inches larger than the diameter of the pot you are taking it out of. If you really do not want the plant to grow any larger you can remove it from it's current pot and cut 1 inch off the root ball all the way around then repot it in the same pot or a new pot that is the same size with new soil. All plants should be in pots with large drain holes and a drain tray under them and when you water the plant the drain tray should always be emptied an hour after watering it. Sitting in water can rot the roots and kill your plants. If you have any additional questions feel free to write again. Good luck!


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Darlene K. Kittle


I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.


I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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