January 9th, 2013
Supervising Ryan in the Greenhouse
Posted by F&S
As promised, we Frenchies, went to the main greenhouse where Ryan keeps all of the smaller agave plants. He and Wilmer have been quite busy repotting them. And from the looks of things, those plants really needed to be repotted!
1 Well, here we are in the greenhouse all set to supervise Ryan as he repots an agave plant.
2 Repotting plants is very important because when the plants grow, so do their roots.
3 Just look at how pot-bound these roots were!
4 It's also very important to have a really good potting mix. Ryan keeps a variety of soils for different uses in these nifty bins.
5 After trimming away any unsightly leaves, Ryan trims the roots with a sharp knife and loosens them up.
6 The soil is a mix of potting soil, vermiculite, perlite, and fine gravel.
7 Rayan mixes it really well. This is fun to watch!
8 Ryan found a larger pot and placed a shard of broken pottery in the bottom over the drain hole. Oops! I wonder how that pot got broken? This allows for water to drain and keeps the soil in the pot.
9 A bit of soil goes into the bottom.
10 And then the agave plant. Hey Ryan, watch out for those sharp spikes! They hurt!
11 He then fills in around the roots with more soil, making sure to press it down firmly.
12 Bravo! Nicely done, Ryan! This plant now has room to grow.
13 Oh boy! This one looks like trouble! Look how the roots have completely wrapped around the inside of the pot. And look at those cute little pups that you can pull off and plant. One can never have too many agaves, right?
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