How to repot brittle plants

A tip from the test garden
Julie Chai

When moving trailing plants with easily breakable stems, such as calibrachoa, fuchsias, and tuberous begonias, use this method to keep the plants intact.

Step 1

• Gently remove the plant from its existing container by knocking on the bottom of the pot and sliding out the plant.

• Set plant aside.

• Partially fill the larger container you're moving the plant into with soil, then place the old pot inside so the rims of the two pots are roughly flush.

• Firmly pack soil into the gap between the containers.

Step 2

• Gently remove the old pot without disturbing the packed soil.

• Set the plant into the newly made hole and water well.

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