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Repotting House Plants | Southern California Regional Report

Stay cool this summer by tending to your indoor garden

Swiss cheese plant. Photo: Kerry Ann Moore

July weather is hot and dry, so why not stay inside with the air-conditioning or a fan and catch up on your indoor gardening? Indoor plants need love too, so get out a tarp and get ready for some repotting. Without the benefit of outdoor soil and natural rains, indoor plants build up salts in the soil, so it is important to repot your indoor plants with new soil every one to two years.

Photo: Rachel Young

The first step of the repotting process is to stop by your local nursery for some potting soil and organic fertilizer. You should pick a potting-soil mix that works indoors; it should have decent drainage but also be able to hold and store water. If you have succulents, use a cactus and succulent mix. It’s also a good idea to find a few extra pots, as you may be able to divide some…

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