Adding Soil to a Plumbago in a Garden Pot - Part 2

(This is the continuation of Part 1)
  1. Position the garden pot over the bin with the new soil. Hold the base of the plant with one hand and try to loosen the compacted soil while holding the trunk and lower branches. Pull the plant upward with a tug as shown below.

  2. The entire compacted soil should come up as you slowly pull the plant as shown below. By having the garden pot over the new soil bin, any loose soil or debris coming from the pulled pot will fall directly to the bin with the new soil.

    If the compacted hasn't loosened yet, slightly bend or compress the sides of the plastic garden pot. Also, tap the sides and bottom of the garden pot. Then retry pulling up the plant.

  3. Rest the plant with the compacted soil on the ground. The compacted soil may look like a brick as shown below.

  4. Pour the remaining old soil into the new soil bin as shown below.

    Notice the two solid stranded wires with white insulation. These wires fasten the garden pot to the metal post.

  5. Pick up the plant with one hand and position this over the bin. With the other hand, lightly scratch the compacted soil's bottom and sides. Tease out the roots as shown below.

    Let the old soil fall into the bean and let the tangled matted roots dangle.

  6. With a pair of pruning shears or scissors, cut these tangled and matted roots. This will allow new growth for the plant roots resulting in a more vigorous plant. Let the cut roots and debris fall into the bin. These will become organic matter for the soil.

  7. Set the plant aside. Mix the cut roots, debris, old soil into the new soil in the bin as shown below.

  8. Lay a few leaves at the bottom of the garden pot. Any large leaves will do. These will cover the large drain holes at the bottom of the garden pot.

    They too will eventually become organic matter.

  9. Start filling the garden pot with the new soil mix from the bin.

  10. Add new soil mix as desired. I filled up the garden pot to about halfway up.

  11. Put back the plant with the old soil into the garden pot.

  12. Slightly shake the garden pot sideways. This will settle any loose soil into the garden pot.

  13. Backfill new soil mix into any empty space in between the old soil and the sides of the garden pot. Lightly tamp with your fingers.

    Notice the surface level of the soil has now risen up as when I originally planted the Plumbago. The level of the soil surface is now roughly an inch below the top rim of the garden pot.

  14. Continue backfilling new soil mix to flatten the surface and cover up any exposed roots. Lightly tamp on the new soil mix.

  15. Put the soil-replenished garden pot in a soaking tub with water. After around half an hour, you may take out the garden pot from the soaking tub.

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