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By Panman
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I was slip potting my purpurea roseae today and thought I'd show the process for those of you that don't know about slip potting. Slip potting is the process of transferring a plant with the root ball intact into a larger pot. This is a good technique to use if you find yourself having to transplant during the active growing season or for plants that are very sensitive to root disturbance, like cephalotus or pygmy sundews. Generally speaking, the plants don't suffer any undo stress.

First, get the pot that you are moving the plant to and add enough soil to the bottom so that when you set the planted pot inside, the soil level is at the level you want it in the new pot.
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Next, start filling around the inner pot, firming the soil down slightly. Be sure to work around the pot evenly. If you fill one side first, the hole will be lopsided.
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Then, remove the inner pot. Gently squeeze the sides of the pot to loosen the soil inside. Slip the plant out of the pot and gently insert it into the hole.
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Gently tamp down the soil around the plant and add any soil needed to level it out.
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Water it well to remove any air bubbles and to help the root ball loosen up.

That is it. You will have a happy plant in a bigger pot.
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By Ewreck
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Thx I was actually gonna attempt this again soon. Last time my vft ended up too deep and definitely not centered. It will work still I guess it just bothers me that it’s not perfect looking. This looks like a good technique to give a try
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By MikeB
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Panman wrote: Mon Feb 14, 2022 1:29 am The roseae was actually not centered in its smaller pot so I offset the hole so that it would be more centered this time.
Is it the Chipola Giant rosea that you got from Lee's Botanical Gardens?
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By Panman
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MikeB wrote:Is it the Chipola Giant rosea that you got from Lee's Botanical Gardens?
It is, but he doesn't list it as Chipola Giant, just Chipola. But it certainly is giant!
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Panman wrote: Mon Feb 14, 2022 3:22 am It is, but he doesn't list it as Chipola Giant, just Chipola. But it certainly is giant!
I bought 3 rosea Chipola plants from Lee's, and they're starting to show promise. I'm hoping that at least one of them turns out like yours.
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MikeB wrote:I bought 3 rosea Chipola plants from Lee's, and they're starting to show promise. I'm hoping that at least one of them turns out like yours.
I just bought two more, hoping for the same thing.
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Great tutorial and now another sarr for the wishlist - well done! :lol:
By Ani
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Thank you so much for this! I'll be slip potting my little VFT in a few days and this was a perfect guide!
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By jetfire245
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Old thread I know. But Slip potting is my life now.

I slip pot my flytraps,my sundews, and my mother.

It's just so damn convenient to do this process. And the effects of moving the plant are almost unnoticeable - meaning growth does not slow down.

What a simple thing to do and yet it makes my job so much easier and my plants happier. Slip pot life.
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By Panman
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There is a point where slip potting is not a good choice. Occasionally, it does the plants good to have all of the current growing media removed and replaced with fresh. A general rule of thumb is about every 2 years but it depends on your conditions and the quality of the media. The point is to replace the media when it starts to get sour. Slip potting is best used when you need to move a plant to a bigger pot or transplant it into a bog or container.
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By Camden M
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Panman wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 4:52 pm There is a point where slip potting is not a good choice. Occasionally, it does the plants good to have all of the current growing media removed and replaced with fresh. A general rule of thumb is about every 2 years but it depends on your conditions and the quality of the media. The point is to replace the media when it starts to get sour. Slip potting is best used when you need to move a plant to a bigger pot or transplant it into a bog or container.
Yes, you could be placing it into new media while at the same it has layers of older and older media as you get deeper into the media. Here's a perfect example of why not to constantly slip pot: I had bought an orchid from a walmart a while ago and it was doing perfectly fine until one week. I decided to repot it for good measure (I couldn't figure out what the problem was) and found that when they transfer the baby orchids into new media, they just stick it into it, literally, because of this that old and sour soil from it’s birth had corroded and molded away all of it's core roots(so to say). Sadly my orchid didn't make it.
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