Indoor gardening tasks–repotting and transplanting

Gardening doesn’t stop just because there is snow on the ground. When the need to work in soil and nurture plants strikes, even during winter, look to indoor gardening tasks such as repotting and transplanting.

These rooted cuttings of sansevieria and coleus beckoned to be firmly set in soil … a perfect task for a snowy day.



While it’s less messy to do this outdoors while temperatures are still balmy, I get the sense that I’m fooling Mother Nature when my hands are in soil while my eyes look out on a snowy landscape. In addition to the rooted cuttings, I collected other plants in need of transplanting.

The work area.


The stainless steel bucket – a repurposed milk bucket – stores a blend of potting mix and compost. Newspapers cover the counter. Not seen is an assortment of clean pots.



Cut a piece of newspaper to keep potting soil from escaping through drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.

After I cleaned old soil from around the roots of this amaryllis bulb, I added fresh soil to the pot and packed more fresh soil around the bulb.



Make sure the bulb sits so about half the bulb and all roots are below the soil.


Then find a nice decorative pot and dress it up.



Follow a similar procedure for other plants. Rooted cuttings should be firmly set in soil so their roots are completely covered. Note: the sansevieria will be top heavy until its roots extend out into the potting soil. Either support the leaf structure with a small piece of a bamboo stake or place the potted plant where its leaves can lean against something sturdy – like a window frame.

Water each pot thoroughly and dress up your indoor garden with decorative pots.


These coleus will live out the winter on a bright northeast exposure window sill. The sansevieria and variegated ivy will thrive in a windowed room that gets bright morning sun for just an hour or so during winter. The amaryllis went to live in a sunny, south-facing window.

In just a week, it’s showing signs of life.


The other transplants are looking pretty happy as well.

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2 comments for “Indoor gardening tasks–repotting and transplanting

  1. December 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Love the idea of putting newspaper in the pot to cover the holes. One of my problems whenever I do indoor gardening is the mess I make with potting soil trailing me everywhere.

    • January 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Making a mess is always an issue when transplanting indoors, Marguerite. For this task I like to cover a large area on my kitchen island with newspapers, reserving some cut newspaper sections for the bottom of each pot or flat. When finished I can fold the newspaper layer up for disposal. Any soil or debris that escapes to the floor is easily swept or vacuumed up.

      Ideally, I would have a separate potting area and sink in a non-freezing location … a set-up that remains on my wish list.

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