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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 5, 2016 10:07 AM CST
It has 8 leaves and has very small roots growing in water. Has 3 areal roots too but their tips seem to be gone. My question is should I plant it now or wait for the roots to grow larger? Will need a large pot to support its weight.
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DaisyI
Dec 5, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Cuttings will root in water or soil. I would plant it.
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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 7, 2016 6:18 AM CST
Yeah but it is huge and needs a really big pot. So without much of a root I'm afraid it may get root rot.
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sallyg
Dec 7, 2016 6:43 AM CST
Try for a clay/ceramic pot, wide base, for a better bottom heavy non tippy thing. Good soil and very small watering. I believe you can water in small amounts just around the stem, and excess moisture will be drawn away by the rest of the soil.
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sooby
Dec 7, 2016 6:53 AM CST
Or put it in a pot the right size for rooting and set that pot in a larger pot with some filler between the pots for stability.
Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 11, 2016 9:10 AM CST
Still have not potted it. Its leaves are developing black spots. Is that bad?
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DaisyI
Dec 11, 2016 2:24 PM CST
Yes. Photo please.
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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 11, 2016 4:26 PM CST
Here it is. Not all the leaves are that bad.

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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 12, 2016 6:14 AM CST
I planted it in a pot and rubbed baking soda solution to the leaves. Will see what happens.
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Dec 12, 2016 6:21 AM CST
Rubbing a baking soda solution on the leaves sounds like it would damage them. Did you wash it off afterwards?
Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 12, 2016 9:49 AM CST
No. I got the idea from a couple of articles on the net.
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sooby
Dec 12, 2016 11:14 AM CST
Usually for diseases it is used as a dilute spray, I've never heard of rubbing it on which I would have thought would damage the leaf. I'm not sure that your plant has a disease, are there yellow halos around the brown spots and do the spots go right through to the other side of the leaves?
Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 12, 2016 6:39 PM CST
So me have yellow hallows, some go through the leaves. I see yellow spots too now. Leaves wilting too.
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sooby
Dec 13, 2016 6:33 AM CST
Can't rule out a disease then, although it could be bacterial rather than fungal if it is. The wilting is probably related to transitioning from water to potting mix, sometimes plants struggle to make the switch especially if you don't have a way of keeping it humid around the plant. I'll speculate that the baking soda could also be contributing. Do you remember where you saw the suggestion of rubbing it on leaves?
Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 13, 2016 9:36 AM CST
http://www.gardeningknowhow.co...
http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-wi...

They talk about spraying but I didn't have a good spray bottle so I made the solution with a similar ratio to 1tbsp/gallon and rubbed it using paper towels. Wilting started before applying baking soda and before potting it.

I see black spots on some of my other plants as well such my money tree and my aloe vera, both of which look sick.
Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Dec 14, 2016 6:04 PM CST
Now I believe the problem is caused by the cold temperature during the day when I'm not home. My money tree seems to suffer from the same problem.

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