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The coming of spring has been keeping me busy!
This past Sunday, my S.O. and I decided it was high time to get everybody in new homes — with the longer daylight hours and warming weather, some of our plants were beginning to show signs of needing to be repotted. The lavender and jasmine were pretty potbound (jasmine actually flowers best when it’s a little cramped, but the amount of roots growing through the bottom of the pot was getting a bit ridiculous) and, of course, the aloes needed more space long ago.
So, we finally took a trip to Ginkgo Gardens like we’d been wanting to. Though we were pressed for time and didn’t really have the chance to look around as much as we’d’ve liked to, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a tiny running list of plants I want to take a second look at the next time we go. (They had tiny bay laurels! And really pretty echeverias!)
We picked up a couple of pots and some potting mix and headed home. While my S.O. went to do some food shopping, I got down to business and got my hands dirty. About an hour and a half later, the jasmine, lavender, schlumbergera, and nine (nine!) aloes were tucked safely into new pots full of fresh soil.
(Can I make a tiny confession? I actually like the smell of fresh dirt and fertilizer. Not when it’s overpowering, but a light smell on an otherwise fresh breeze just smells nice. It’s sort of a lush, springy, growing smell that I’ve always had a soft spot for, but I’m weird like that. Sometimes I miss having a yard, or a park right next door that I can walk through and get my nature fix, but having an apartment full of potted plants helps. Oddly enough, I feel more “in tune” with the cycles of life and the seasons now than I did when I lived right next to Iron Hill Park.)
We went through about six quarts of Espoma cactus soil, and about four of their regular potting mix. All of the aloes got cactus soil, the jasmine and schlumbergera got regular soil, and I mixed the two 50/50 for the lavender. I always worry about overwatering lavender, it’s very easy to kill if you do, and lavender thrives best with relatively poor, quickly-draining soil, so it’s important to avoid the kind of heavy, dark, moisture-retaining, nutrient-rich soil suitable for other plants.
It’s only been two days, but everyone’s looking good so far. Fingers crossed!
How are your plants doing? Do you have any that are going through a growth spurt?