How to Transplant a Silver Queen House Plant

Overview

The silver queen makes a pleasant houseplant. They are especially well-suited to homes or offices with low levels of available light and are quite easy to grow. In fact, one of the few regular maintenance requirements of silver queen is transplantation. The silver queen grows well in pots, but as they grow in size, their roots can become root bound. Root-bound silver queens will stop growing and should be transplanted as soon as possible.

Step 1

Water your silver queen the day before you plan to transplant it. The moist soil will help the root ball hold together as you remove it from the pot.

Step 2

Wash the silver queen's new pot with soap and water and allow it to dry.

Step 3

Remove the silver queen from its current pot. The best way to do this is to lay it on its side first, then hit the sides of the pot with the palm of your hand to loosen the soil. Once the soil is loosened, gently wiggle the silver queen out of the pot by grabbing it by its base. However, do not force it. If it is too root bound to remove easily, run a knife around the inside of the pot first and then try to remove it again. If that doesn't work, you may have to break the pot with a hammer to free the plant.

Step 4

Check the silver queen's roots. Use a pair of sharp, clean pruning shears to trim away any bound up roots and any that are broken or dead.

Step 5

Transplant the your silver queen into its new pot. Use fresh potting soil when planting the silver queen and pack it loosely. Be sure that your silver queen sits at the same depth in its new pot as it did in its old one.

Step 6

Water the silver queen thoroughly, until water comes out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Pot
  • Knife (optional)
  • Hammer (optional)
  • Potting soil

References

  • BackyardGardener.com: Aglaonema modestum
  • Texas A&M University: Silver Queen
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