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Dry soil revitalisation in houseplants
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Dry soil revitalisation in houseplants

When soil in your pot gets stone dry, there are some techniques you can you can use to get in all soft and The water just gets trough and the soil doesn’t get moist and absorbing again.

As winter is a risky period for repotting due to an insufficient amount of light and lower temperatures I will tell you how to avoid it. There are several things that we can do.

Water is of course our best friend, but we have to know how to use it in this situation. Dry soil may be resistant and the water may run off. If that’s the case, we can put the soil into a watertight container such as bucket or tub. Adding water and letting the soil sit until the water has been absorbed is a one way to go.

Dry soil can be also easily improved by adding organic matter, such as well-rotted manure or garden compost. This will improve the soil structure and will help to retain moisture. Vermicompost is obtained by composting matter using worms, often of different species of rain-worms. In a garden, compost, animal manure, and peat moss not only improve the soil’s moisture retention but they also attract worms that help water flow through. In our home jungle we have to add it in once in a while. Worm castings contain a highly active biological mixture of bacteria, enzymes, remnants of plant matter and animal manure – it is a mulching material.

Firstly we have to prepare to plant for the procedure.

DISCLAIMER! This doesn’t apply to cacti!

Dry soil revitalisation


You will need:

  1. Chop stick (yup)
  2. Garden scissors
  3. Repotting mat or a big bowl that will contain the pot
  4. Warm water 38 degrees Celsius, 100 degrees Farenheit
  5. Worm castings – optional

Dry soil revitalisation

Guide step by step

  1. Remove all the dead matter from the plants and the soil surface.
  2. If the plants are dusty, clean the leaves, so they can carry out photosynthesis efficiently after the revitalisation
  3. Gently loosen the soil using a chop stick, careful, try not to damage the roots.
  4. Pour warm water on a repotting mat or into the bowl and put the pot with the plant in (only if it has the hole on the bottom of course ;)).
  5. Let it sink for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Take the plant out.
  7. Add the worm castings pouring the solution from the top – now it should be easier for the solution to be absorbed.

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