How to repot brittle plants

A tip from the test garden

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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