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Prplbrd
Jul 15, 2016 8:29 PM CST
And how can I save its life??? It seems so root bound in this tiny pot. Whatever that means.. 😳🌱🌱🌱
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 15, 2016 8:34 PM CST
Looks like you've got your answer sitting right there - a bigger pot and some new potting soil. It's definitely outgrown that little pot, and when you pull the plant (gently) out of that little pot, you'll probably see all sorts of roots going around and around trying to find more soil. That's what "root bound" means. Loosen those roots a bit (so they're not in the pot shape any more) and plant it in that bigger pot. Be sure to moisten your new potting soil before you start re-potting because it's easier and less messy that way.

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Leftwood
Jul 15, 2016 9:09 PM CST
Looks like a ZZ plant.
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plantmanager
Jul 15, 2016 9:39 PM CST
Leftwood said:Looks like a ZZ plant.


It does look like a ZZ.
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Prplbrd
Jul 16, 2016 6:38 AM CST
Awesome thank you!!! It's totally stuck in its current pot and I couldn't get it out. I may try to break apart some rhizomes instead of breaking the pot to get it out. Just wanted to try not to kill it in the process :)
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drdawg
Jul 16, 2016 6:47 AM CST
Deb, take a long knife and insert it against the side of the pot. Just go around the pot, keeping the knife as close to the side-walls as possible. That will severe the connection of the roots to the pot's side-walls. Then take the heel of your hand and strike the sides of the pot all the way around. Invert the pot, holding one hand over the plant's base/potting soil, and thump the bottom of the pot until the plant/root-ball falls out.

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drdawg
Jul 16, 2016 6:59 AM CST
You are learning your way around, Deb. Thumbs up
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 16, 2016 9:01 AM CST
First, though you could try just soaking it in water for an hour or two. Sometimes the roots will unstick when they get good and wet, too.

Sometimes the root ball swells up, too, so it may or may not help but soaking might also reduce the transplant shock.
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drdawg
Jul 16, 2016 9:14 AM CST
Can't hurt.
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Leftwood
Jul 16, 2016 10:30 AM CST
Soaking would be good, but that also swells the roots. That type of plant has thick roots and it would likely become tighter in the pot if you allow the roots to absorb water. So soak it good, and immediately attempt removal. That type of pot, with the rim diameter smaller than the central portion, is a difficult one. When you attempt to remove the plant, apply a twisting motion in addition. First go one way, then the other to determine which works best.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 16, 2016 10:52 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! I agree ZZ Plant but it hates water (and loves shade and humidity) and you might risk rotting when flooding it out of the pot. Instead of a knife, you some sort of rubber spatula? Your plant is bigger than it looks on top. It has been growing in there for quite a while.
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greene
Jul 16, 2016 11:22 AM CST
Um, why not just smash the pot? Seems like it would be easier for you and better for the plant.
Good luck and please add photos of the plant after it is re-potted. Thumbs up
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 16, 2016 1:03 PM CST
You can let the roots dry out after you get it out of the pot though. I don't think a couple of hours' soak will hurt it.

Yes, be very wary of planting anything in those type of urn shaped pots! Impossible to remove them - I even got a pot that had a lip on the inside rim, effectively locking the plant in the pot. Annuals are fine in them, but not anything that grows a big sturdy root system.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 16, 2016 1:16 PM CST
I understand not wanting to break a pot. That type of ceramic pot with dish attached can be upwards of $8 a piece. Losing the plant over the pot is something to weigh out. Often you can buy a ZZ plant at Lowe's for around $9 or less. So about the same price as the pot. But perhaps there is sentimental value to either the plant or the pot? Plus it grows very slowly, any damage to the plant would further slow down growth.
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