Houseplants forum: How to restore Fiddle Leaf Fig roots? Superthrive?

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Name: Nancy
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merkuree
Apr 14, 2016 4:19 PM CST
I separated 3 fiddle leaf figs that were potted together into 3 different pots. Now each fiddle leaf stalk has its own smaller pot. Each pot is next to a window and gets indirect light at least part of the day but the leaves are droopy (which makes sense because it's probably focusing its energy on the roots). Some of the roots were damaged when I divided, what can I do to help restore the roots? And can I use Superthrive every time I water to help it recover? Basically, what to do after root pruning a fiddle leaf fig? Thanks!
Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 14, 2016 4:23 PM CST
Hate to tell you but Superthrive is snake oil. A big waste of money. Ok, I know this will start some kind of debate here. Roots? There are many good (I.E. they work) rooting gels available. I use Clonex and Olivia's with great success. Gene
Name: Nancy
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merkuree
Apr 14, 2016 4:31 PM CST
@gasrocks I just started using Superthrive since people seem to give it good reviews but I don't have much experience with it myself.
Name: Nancy
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merkuree
Apr 14, 2016 4:32 PM CST
I looked at other fiddle leaf forums and I'm attaching a few people on ATP that I think will be able to help. Please advise if possible. Thank you @drdawg @willc @plantladylin @haffy @shadygreenthumb @gasrocks
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 14, 2016 4:58 PM CST
They may just be in shock from the transplant. I haven't transplanted mine since I first got it 10 years ago. But you may want to feed it a root stimulator to give it a boost. That would have a higher middle number in the NPK. Superthive s recommended for new transplants and it is a weak vitamin solution from kelp. But it's NPK is 0.5-0-0. I don't think it will hurt it. But I would lean towards a root stimulator. Let's wait to hear from others, shall we?
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Name: Nancy
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merkuree
Apr 15, 2016 8:15 AM CST
I included photos for reference. @gasrocks Is root gel like rooting powder? I have rooting powder but it's 0-0-0. Is root gel better than root powder? Should I use root powder and/or root gel on my Fiddle Leaf Fig roots?

@shadygreenthumb I found a water soluble root stimulator online 4-10-3 that may help (in conjunction with Superthrive?): http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bonide-1-Gal-Concentrate-Root-Sti...

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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 15, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Do not get lost in numbers. Rooting gel is better than rooting powder. I.E. it sticks better. Get some. I use it for all cuttings for one thing. Gene
Name: Nancy
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merkuree
Apr 15, 2016 10:14 AM CST
The pot does not have a hole in the bottom- I placed about a 2-inch layer of pebbles for excess water (that's what I do for my other plants). Would spaghum moss help make it more airy if I mixed it with soil and help absorb the nutrients?
Name: Nancy
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merkuree
Apr 15, 2016 10:20 AM CST
@gasrocks I asked my local nursery and they did not have rooting gel available. They suggested buying it online. I mostly saw it online for sale when I looked up rooting gel so you may be right on the availability part.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 15, 2016 1:01 PM CST
I live in the "boonies" so I shop at Amazon.com for most things. Gene
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WillC
Apr 16, 2016 7:42 AM CST
Dividing plant root systems is like major surgery. It is traumatic and if not done very carefully and properly it often has disastrous results. It is not something I usually recommend, especially with larger plants. The drooping of the Lyrata leaves indicates that the roots are not absorbing water for the plant. That may be temporary, but I would be concerned that the plants may not recover and if they do, they will most likely lose many of their lower leaves.

There is nothing that you can now add to the soil that will undo the damage already done. Recovery will depend on how well you did the division and repotting, your providing lots of good indoor sunlight and watering very carefully. None of the various products mentioned above will help the roots recover the ability to properly absorb water and nutrients. There are no shortcuts, so be patient and think carefully before attempting root division in the future.
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orborelis
Apr 23, 2016 6:02 AM CST
who has young violet plants for sale
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merkuree
Apr 26, 2016 10:11 PM CST
@orborelis Welcome to the forum. Continuously update your your plant list- what you have and what you want. When you add violets to your "want" list, it'll show who has violets in their "have" list. You can reach out to the folks that have the plant and see if they have some for sale. Gluck
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drdawg
Apr 28, 2016 10:28 AM CST
@merkuree. What's going on with those three separated fiddles?
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Name: Nancy
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merkuree
May 25, 2016 5:10 PM CST
@drdawg thanks for checking. I have them outside on my covered patio. one of them survived and thrived! another dropped all its leaves and I noticed a new leaf sprouting this morning. the other one has dead droopy leaves but no new leaves- I'm not sure if this one survived.
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