I would like to repot a huge Philodendron. The plant is so large, I can stand under the leaves of the plant and I'm 5'8" tall. I have it planted in a fifty-five gallon barrel that I cut in half. The worst mistake I made was planting it in dirt instead of potting soil. I would now like to re-pot it in potting soil, to make it a little lighter. What is the best way to get it out of the barrel, remove the dirt, and replace it with potting soil? By the way, the plant is about 25 years old.
Now would be the ideal time to do it, because you can move the plant outdoors for this messy task. Getting it out of the container may be a challenge, since the pot is so heavy, especially with the actual soil instead of the lightweight potting mix. If possible, turn the plant on the side trying to protect as much of the upper limbs as possible. If you can't lay the pot over, use a shovel and try to wedge it out, then empty out the soil and fill with potting soil. You can remove the soil from the root system using a hose. Then repot with the lighter weight soil, spreading out the root system in the process. Philodendrons are tough plants and usually can take a little abuse in stride.
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