Repotting the Mountain Palm - Important Features, Instructions & Tips


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One of the most important care measures of the mountain palm is regular repotting. If this is forgotten, growth is hindered and the plant can not absorb enough nutrients.

Repotting the mountain palm

So that the mountain palm grows well and becomes an eye-catcher in the living room of your home, the plant should be treated and maintained in an appropriate manner. This includes regular repotting.

If this fails, the roots can no longer spread sufficiently, the plant grows worse and receives fewer nutrients.

Characteristics for repotting

  • Planter is strongly rooted
  • Root ball is difficult to remove from the vessel
  • Roots protrude from the planter
  • Plant grows restricted
  • Substrate is barely recognizable by the root network

At what intervals should mountain palms be repotted?

This depends on the age of the plant. Young plants grow relatively quickly and it is advisable to repot annually. Older plants tend to stick with the growth and transplanting is only necessary every two to three years.

When is the best time for repotting?

Mountain palms are preferably repotted in early spring, if the shoot after the hibernation has not yet begun. If it is necessary to replant the plant due to pest infestation or waterlogging, this can of course be done all year round.

Which planter should be used?

In young plants, the annual transplanting offers. It is not mandatory to replace the planter. If the plant still has enough space in the plant pot, only the substrate is replaced and the mountain palm can be used again in the old planter.

Older plants are usually repotted because the planter has become too small and the roots can no longer spread enough. Here the planter is to be exchanged in each case.

" Tip: Do not just look for a larger planter. The plant pot should also be slightly higher than usual, because the roots of the mountain palm push more into the depth, as in the width. In their original homeland, the roots of the mountain palms reach down to the groundwater.

Repot the mountain palm - explained step by step

Auswählen select the appropriate planter
Auswählen Select substrate and, if necessary, enhance with compost
Vorsichtig Carefully remove the plant from the old planter
Schon Save roots
Be Remove root bales from old substrate
Drain Lay drainage from potsherds or pebbles on the bottom of the vessel
❼ Put the plant in the new container
Beh Carefully fill the substrate
Leicht Shake the plant slightly so that no gaps are created
Nicht Do not fill the planter up to the top

First, it is decided whether only the substrate should be replaced or the plant should or must receive a new pot. In older plants can be used here on the old planter, the root ball should not have penetrated the vessel yet.

" Tip: If you would like to transplant your mountain palm tree only every two to three years, always use a larger and sufficiently deep planter.

By transplanting the mountain palms not only more freedom of movement for the roots should be created, it is also about to perform a soil exchange and to improve the nutrient supply for the plant. Therefore, the plant should be completely freed from the old substrate. Carefully strip the soil from the sensitive roots and prepare the new substrate accordingly. To protect the plant against waterlogging, drainage from potsherds or gravel makes sense.

" Tip: Make sure not to completely fill the potting soil to the edge of the vessel, then the mountain palms can better water.

The roots of the mountain palm are particularly sensitive and should be spared during transplanting. If the roots break off, this can lead to plant death. However, since commercial plants are usually sold in tuffs, that is, in several individual plants, it will seldom happen that the complete plant will enter due to an unpleasant incident during transplantation.

Transplanting mountain palms - advantages and disadvantages at a glance

advantagesdisadvantage
By replacing the planter, the plant gets more space and the roots can spread better.When transplanting the sensitive roots can be damaged.
Since not only the planter, but also the substrate is replaced, the plant receives a better supply of nutrients, which positively influences the growth.If a larger plant pot is used, the used planters may no longer fit and must be replaced or newly purchased.
Also, the location may require a change if the larger planter, for example, no longer fits on the windowsill.

What happens to the mountain palms after transplanting?

If you have inserted the palms in the new planter, the soil is pressed well. Again, it is important to take care not to damage the sensitive roots. Then the mountain palms are well-poured and brought back to their inhabited location as possible. If this is not possible because the planter has become larger and more unwieldy, the new location should be selected according to the needs of the plant. As the mountain palm can tolerate a lot, it will usually settle in well at the new location and continue to grow as usual.

Rescue in Need - transplant mountain palms before it's too late

In addition to the routine of transplanting as a pure care measure, there are also situations in the life of the Zimmergärtner, where must be reacted quickly so that the plant does not enter. If the mountain palm is visibly weakened, does not grow as usual and shows brown or yellow leaf tips, there is need for action.

If a pest infestation has been observed, it is primarily about the targeted control of pests. Since pest infestation often occurs due to care mistakes, you should take a closer look at the substrate. If the root ball is particularly dense and almost fused with the planter, this suggests that the transplanting was probably missed and the plant could hardly absorb nutrients in the too narrow planter. The logical measure is the transplanting and complete replacement of the substrate.

Waterlogging is not tolerated by mountain palms and requires fast action. If you want to preserve the plant, remove it immediately from the planter, strip off the old and wet soil and dry the root ball before putting it into new substrate.

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