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House Plants in Peat Pots?

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by bluegeranium, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. bluegeranium

    bluegeranium Apprentice Gardener

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    I bought some house plants which are in peat pots 2 of them are quite large Pachira Aquatica (Lucky Chestnut) and also a couple of small ferns. They all could do with bigger pots but should I remove the peat pots first before repotting? Thanks
     
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    Usually the peat pots get left on and it will rot down into the compost. I'm surprised that they were planted in peat pots.
     
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    That’s what I thought but the roots seem a bit constrained and I’m not sure how long they would take to break down which is why I wondered if I should remove them
     
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      Update I spoke to Dobbies where I bought them and they said they were Coir pots ‍♀️not peat and should be removed when repotting!
       
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        That's very nice, I had heard that growers are looking for substitutions to the vast amounts of plastic that often ends up in bin after single use.

        Black pots are already quite rare as black plastic can't be recycled at all, but coir pots would be even better if the costs allow them to be used in the mass trade.

        Going to the right direction :)
         
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          That's great news.
           
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          So do the roots actually grow into the coir pots?
          If they do it must be a struggle to remove the pot and cause a lot of root damage.

          There is nothing wrong with plastic pots, if only they would reuse them.

          A nursery near me had a big pile outside last summer and a sign saying, free pots take what you want.
          Needless to say I grabbed a few.
           
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