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By Skellyman
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Hi folks,

I have a s.purpurea that I bought a few weeks back. Its been growing fine and eating well since I got it. Even going a nice shade of red while under my care. The only worry I have is that I noticed yesterday that roots are growing out of the drainage holes in its pot. Looking at my first picture now its seems the roots were poking out since I bought my purp yet I never noticed.

I'm just wondering should I repot my plant as soon as I can or will I wait till dormancy?
When it was bought.
When it was bought.
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As it is today.
As it is today.
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Roots growing through.
Roots growing through.
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By tannerm
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It’ll be fine, just wait until dormancy. That’s the best time to do it for every pitcher plant that requires it (and VFT). Also don’t worry too much about damaging the roots when you repot, it’ll be fine. I often am pretty rough with my plants when I repot (cleaning out the roots and all) and they’re always fine and bounce back in no time.

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By camsdad66
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Totally agree with Tannerm. Sarracenia are tough guys! Biggest problem I have with them is they bust out of the pots after a couple years! By the way, very nice Purpurea, Skellyman!

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By slinx
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The thing about repotting is that you can do it at any time of the year with any plant. If you're careful and don't damage the roots, the plants will never notice unless you're putting them in a different kind of soil. The reason it's often suggested to repot during dormancy is because then you're less likely to see any setbacks caused by damaging the roots. Depending on how careful you consider yourself to be, you can repot whenever you want to.
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By steve booth
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It wont hurt the plant at all to leave it till it is dormant to repot. If you repot at the end of the dormancy period when the plant is just starting growth, if you damage the roots during the operation, it will minimise the time the damage is open to infection as the plant will callous the damage quicker, rather than at the begining of dormancy when open wounds will be open till the plant starts growth.

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