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Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
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Mar 9, 2017 8:28 AM CST
I bought this plant about 6 months ago.. as you can see I have 3 different types in this pot now but when I bought this plant is was only one type in the pot. The golden queen. So I repotted because it was seriously root bound when I did, I lost most of it , all but the 2 pieces you see in the middle of this pot. . So the 2 pieces I have will not grow for me for nothing!!! I have paid extra attention to it this entire time. There is a jobe stick for house plants in the soil pot but other than that I had not given it ferterlizer until a week ago and it was a very weak mixture and I seen very litte growth if any from that idea also. The leaves are so tiny. Since I've had this plant its grown 3 leaves and each one is so so tiny.
So I thought I'd put the other 2 types in the pot so it wasn't too big of a pot for the one plant , this idea showed no improvement and the new plants were only rooted cutting but they havnt grown a bit either. I guess its been 4 weeks since I added the new cuttings or new vines nothing seems to improve the growth of this plant.
What can I do?
Ps the plant did have spider mites at one point and I tried killing them with alcohol n q tips. This took a little time as my first few attempts were not successful as I kept finding more every few days or week or so, finally I thought I'd gotten all of them and I had not seen any for a few weeks and weeks but the other day I thought I seen some. Im not 100% on that but just wanted to add this info incase it can have anything to do with my plants not wanting to grow.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
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Mar 13, 2017 9:10 AM CST
Idk if this is an old wise tell or if it's true in some way..
Do some plants grow slow if they are put into a pot that is too large for the plant?
I wouldn't think it be true but if so maybe it's the reason this one is doing so.. its a very large pot because there was alot more of the plant when I bought it but alot died. Im still not 100 % sure why it died but possibly due to repotting the plant in late fall and he was already struggling from the store.... its been a little over 6 months and its grown 3 small leaves.. thats it!
Why would a plant grow so slow when normally they are pretty steady at growing also the leaves a very very small compared to a healthy plant..

Anyone????????????? Any ideas........????????
Name: Heath
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Mar 13, 2017 10:55 AM CST
I don't know why your plant is growing slow. The reason why you don't want a to big a pot for a house plant is that they stay wet for to long. Most house plants don't like wet feet. The thing with spider mites is they like dry conditions so if you mist your plants once a day it should keep them at bay.
Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
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Mar 13, 2017 11:07 AM CST
Thanks, hopefully the spider mites are going now, I do spray my plants at least once a day sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. They do seem to really like being sprayed. Most my plants do and the terriaums loves it of course.
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Mar 13, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Did the pieces have roots when you repotted them?
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Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
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Mar 13, 2017 12:31 PM CST
They did have roots.
As a matter of fact the roots were pretty good after I took them out of a root bound pot. Althrough it wasnt terribly root bound I had a terrible time getting them apart and when I did this 6 months ago many of the pieces died. I got 2 pieces out of 18ish pieces i bought from lowes or home.depot . It took forever for them to even start growing.
How about shock??? and it stunted it's growth for a short time?? Maybe it will pick back up come spring .. sounds good to me!!!!
Name: tarev
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Mar 13, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Hello Pamela, it could be a lot of you said plant shock, plants will try to acclimate first, on their own time to your growing area. Next, applying fertilizer at the wrong timing. Next could also be too big a container for what it needs. Also the timing to do the repot.

I have learned to do repot of my houseplants in Spring, not towards Fall, where they are in growth slow down. In Spring there is renewed vigor in their growth as light conditions goes better and temperatures become more stable.

If your overall conditions are now getting warmer, you can try stepping up watering, but if you are still in a cold zone, even indoors, it will still take its time.

Name: Deborah
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Mar 14, 2017 8:04 AM CST
Pamela, I'm so sorry to hear of your plants woes. I had the same problem you did and had to learn a few things, some of them were already mentioned. When they are not actively growing, these plants do not need or want a lot of water, especially not in the fall/winter time, when growth slows. Keep them in a sunny window, mist them to keep the mites down, but leave them alone otherwise. In the summer, take it outside and leave it in a shady area, watering when the soil gets slightly dry. Feritilize only a few times a year. Also, they do not like wet feet.

When you repotted, what type of potting media did you use? If it had a lot of peat in it, the problem could be that the soil stayed too wet too long, causing root rot, because the roots could not get any oxygen. Be sure to stick your finger in the soil before watering to make sure that it needs it. If it's moist, don't water. And yes, you're right, the plant will look better in the spring. Sending you a t-mail.

Name: Will Creed
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Mar 15, 2017 6:21 PM CST
Pamela - It is remarkable that your Pothos are still alive and reasonably healthy. Plants do best when they are kept potbound. Go to a nursery and you will see that is the case with plants that are grown professionally.

Trying to separate roots or pull them apart is extremely stressful to plants because it damages the tiny roothairs that you barely notice and that do most of the work. There is rarely if ever a good reason to separate the roots of a Pothos.

Spider mites are relatively rare on Pothos. Q-tips and alcohol are not effective. Use a soap solution and spray all leaf and stem surfaces until they are dripping wet to make sure you make direct contact with all of the mites.

Fertilizer will not make your plant grow faster. Good light, proper pots size and proper watering will.

Tropical species plants are non-seasonal and can be repotted at any time of the year. However, they should never be repotted unnecessarily at any time of the year.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
Gardening A Perfect antidepressant
Mar 19, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Great info! Thanks everyone 😃
I'll try to keep this short but I wanted to say the answers are here!
First a picture of my the plant, soil. Its looking very very good the past week and IS growing! !! Whohoo..
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This is how my soil stays most of the time, unless I just watered it...
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I just watered yesterday this is how my soil looks right now....

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Since I spray alot I water a lil lighter in the soil. The reason for this is. . I had issues in the past with my soils drying too slowly so I got a large fan and I water and spray my plants daily. Each day I check the soil and water if its dried thur. . Such as this pic.

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Im a fairly new gardener and I ask alot of questions and I greatly appreciate everyone's great info and advice. I love this fourm because it's saved my plants from me a few times!. I did learn not to over ferterlized and to dry my soils thur for the most part, obviously some plants are different. I do have alot of tropical plants.
I love lots of colorful foliage house plants such as my wandering jew. He is beautiful! ! Ok im straying
WillC I believe you have helped me in the past.. ty. I believe you got it exactly right and I'm Lucky I have any of this plant at all. I bought the golden queen and repotted it when I did I tore every piece apart and replanted it into this very very large pot. I believe there is 2 reason I have these few pieces left 1 it's was late summer early fall when I did this 2 I have babysitted this plant with so much time and patience as each piece died off I never gave up. I just kept the soil perfect, started spraying, got a house plant light just for him and left him alone! I ended
up with 2 pieces from maybe 10 to start.

Lol What can I do but laugh..
So lesson learned some plants like being pot bound N some don't.
Both plants seem to be doing very well now maybe with the added pieces my daughter gave me and a burst of energy from spring he is picking up his growth. Patients is what it took.

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