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Feb 4, 2017 5:29 PM CST
I need help I know nothing about plants. Other than a bamboo plant I've had for 13 years. But I think those are fool proof. My son passed away 9 months ago, I received a beautiful plant, and I have kept it alive and thriving it has grown so big. I had no clue it was a process to put it in a bigger pot. I now know I shocked it. I've done a few suggested things, but the more I read all the advice contradicts the next thing I read. I need solid advice please I can't lose this plant. Do I keep it in the shade or put it in its normal home? Do I prune it? One thing said cut all the leaves in half. Should I prop the stems standing or just let them lay over? Water don't water? Please Help me....
Name: Rj
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Feb 4, 2017 5:35 PM CST
A picture would be very helpful. Welcome!
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Name: Sue
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Feb 4, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Welcome! I'm so sorry about your son. We do need a picture, both to know what kind of plant it is and tell what might be wrong with it and what conditions it would prefer. If you just put the rootball intact into a larger pot it should not have been shocked. If you removed some or all of the potting mix from the roots then it could have been. Without seeing it I would say at least keep it in the shade until it has recovered. Is it being kept as a houseplant or living outside (if it's warm enough where you are)?

Feb 4, 2017 6:29 PM CST
I moved the entire rootball to the new pot and add the new soil around the edges to fill it in the empty space. I did add a little bit of the soil to the top, very lightly and not complete coverage. One of the first thing I read was it probably didn't need more room and to put it back in the original pot. It also said add diluted sugar water to help heal damage to the roots. Which I did. I even put the original moss back in. It has not gotten any worse but it also is know better. I have it in complete shade, but the more I read I'm seeing to put it in its original home. Confused Confused Thank You!
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Feb 4, 2017 6:35 PM CST
My instincts want to prop it up stand, but I think I already establish they aren't very good when it comes to plants.
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