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May 18, 2020 9:45 AM CST

Hi all!

Looking for some help! My parents have a decade+ old houseplant that had a root-like growth that had gotten way out of control (see picture for how long it had gotten). It was growing out of the base of the plant. Is this plant rootbound? Why else would it be growing these strange roots above soil? How can I help her have a better life?

Thanks so much!
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May 18, 2020 12:14 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Those are aerial roots that grow along the damp ground or attach to damp tree bark in its native habitat. Once potted up, they no longer serve any useful purpose. They can be cut off without any harm to the plant. They are not an indication that it needs a bigger pot.
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May 18, 2020 12:25 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Hi MiaHelp, Welcome!

Your parent's plant is a Tree Philodendron (Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum) and it's showing perfectly normal growth habit. Many plants produce adventitious (aerial) roots from the main stem, seeking soil to take root in, or trees and structures to climb.

If you select the blue link above, it will take you to our database entry for the plant where you can view other member photos and find growing information.
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May 18, 2020 6:07 PM CST

Thank you so much for that info! I also appreciate the indentification since I didnt even know what we were working with Smiling thank you!!!
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May 18, 2020 7:26 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener Houseplants
You are very welcome!
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~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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