The best time to check if your plant needsis in late spring. Symptoms to look for are:
- Leaves and grow very slowly. Regular in spring and summer fail to achieve any improvement.
- Compost dries out very quickly and is frequently necessary.
- Plant hang from the hole of the pot.
If any of these characteristics are observed a further check should then be made. Allow the plantto become slightly dry, so that it does not fall away from the roots as you remove it from the pot. Spread the fingers of one hand across the top of the pot and turn the pot upside down. Gently tap its rim on the edge of a bench, lifting the pot away with the other hand as you do so. The plant with its soil ball adhering will remain in one hand, the pot in the other.
Equipment For Re-
A pair of florist’s scissors
These have longer handles and shorter blades than household scissors. They are very useful iftrimming is necessary when you are .
You will not need an elaborate one, but it must be capable of giving a mist spray. An adjustable nozzle is an asset.
A powder puffer
This should be one specially designed to puff a small amount of fine powder on a tiny area of your plant when there is a cut or wound that needs attention.
Choose one of sensible size, say 15 cm (6 ins) preferably with both Centrigrade and Fahrenheit calibrations.
A pocket knife
A slim, two-bladed pocket knife of good quality, which can be sharpened to a fine edge, is the ideal type. The main blade should be 5 cm (2 in) long. Do not buy a bulky ‘full of gadgets’ knife, they are a nuisance. Nor do you want one with a curved `pruner’ type of blade.
A kitchen fork
This is the most useful tool for breaking up the `pan’ of hard dryat the top of a pot when it becomes too dry.
A watering can
Choose one of the modern, plastic type in a size suitable to your plant collection. Remember that you want to be able to water accurately and to avoid marking furniture or carpets while supplying the plants with the correct quantity of water. Do not select a can that is too large, or you will find that it is heavy and cumbersome to handle.
In addition to these basic tools there are some other items which it is useful to have on hand.
Polythene bags of varying sizes
These will preserve, protect plants from draughts and radically reduce the need to water. They are useful when you need to protect a delicate plant after . If you are going away for a few days, place a polythene bag over your small plants and stand them in a shaded spot.
A compound, concentrated Biochemical Liquid Fertilizer forindoor plants. ‘Baby Bio’ is one, there are others.
Powdered fungicide (of sulphur)
You will need this in your powder puffer.
This can be either a contact or systemic type.
Ikg (1 lb) to mix with compost when re-.
Thin canes of varying sizes to support plants.
Made of cane or plastic, for use in training.
Fine metal rings for holding stems inwhen training them up the canes or frames.
A soft string which will not cut into soft stems, for tying plants.