Have you ever had a house plant that is doing great and then, out of nowhere, just tanks for no apparent reason? You've been watering it the same, treating it the same, but all of the sudden it just goes downhill. What gives right? Chances are that the plant has actually outgrown it's container and has become "root bound" underneath the soil. And the good news is that to solve the problem you don't have to go buy a whole new bigger container, you can just root prune!
I know it sounds counterintuitive, but when a plant is confined to a container, root pruning can actually be the best thing for it. It'll put the pep back in it's step, and - ultimately - save it from choking itself out. So scroll on to get a quick and easy guide to root pruning.
You will need:
- A wooden pencil (one you don't care too much about)
- A waste bin
- Potting soil
- Gloves (unless you like dirt under your nails)
NOTE: If it seems like the plant and dirt are going to fall apart when you are trying to get it out, it probably isn't root bound. Root bound plants usually come out, soil and all, in one mass.