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dvt800m
Jul 15, 2017 2:38 PM CST

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Hello. I have a Chinese Evergreen and a defenbachia plant that both are growing horns. My Chinese Evergreen is fairly healthy. Last week I noticed some small horns just barely protruding from the base of the cluster stems. Now today my Chinese Evergreen has more than 4 green and white colored longer horns"shoots" stretching up from the ground. I had buried those initial protruding horns because I thought they were roots and needed protection from the Sun. I'm very curious as to why they appeared.

And also my, Defenbachia had a horn. However this was just after my Sweet adorable Granddaughter broke off the tallest stalk down to the bottom 3 leaves. Those leaves continued to grow and weeks later there was a horn growing from the side of the stalk tbaf had been broken. Just under the broken area. Do you think this horn from my Defenbachia is akin to the horns from my Chinese Evergreen, and what type of stress caused it?
Thank you.
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DaisyI
Jul 15, 2017 2:43 PM CST
Welcome!

Could you post some photos on this thread? We could help you better if we could see the 'horns'
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purpleinopp
Jul 16, 2017 7:21 AM CST
Hi! It sounds like aerial roots.
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WillC
Jul 16, 2017 10:30 AM CST
A photo would definitely be helpful. Both plants produce flowers that might be called "horn-shaped," but they don't emerge from the soil. The only thing that emerges from the soil at the base of the plant is a new stem shoot.

It sounds like the broken Dieffenbachia stem is sending out a new leaf shoot just below where the stem was broken. That's a good thing and not surprising!

Neither of these plants produces aerial roots.
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dvt800m
Jul 16, 2017 7:02 PM CST

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This is the Chinese Evergreen with the horns that are growing out of stem and dirt.

Thumb of 2017-07-17/dvt800m/18deb0


Thumb of 2017-07-17/dvt800m/f40a13

And now here is the Defenbachia stem that was broken off and the second pic is the horn growing up under the broken stem. Interestingly the stem that has broke off has a strong root system after soaking in banana water in my little greenhouse


Thumb of 2017-07-17/dvt800m/001383


Thumb of 2017-07-17/dvt800m/dd624a


I've seen the Chineese Evergreen produce flowers but not the Defenbachia. Hope these pics are clear
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dvt800m
Jul 16, 2017 7:04 PM CST

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Thnk u all for the comments, and I'm pretty sure they aren't Ariel roots. Hurray!
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plantmanager
Jul 16, 2017 7:16 PM CST
I think they are all new plant stems starting.
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ctcarol
Jul 16, 2017 7:24 PM CST
I agree new stems growing.
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dvt800m
Jul 16, 2017 7:33 PM CST

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Sounds awesome.
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purpleinopp
Jul 17, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Nice pics! Very happy plants. Best luck for continued good growing!

Ariel is a person's name, roots can be aerial, AKA vestigial.

All should remain open to the possibility that the sum of what one has seen is not the entirety of that which exists or has happened.

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dvt800m
Jul 20, 2017 3:02 PM CST

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Thanx Purpleinopp...for the help and encouragement. Oh yeah AERIAL, lol my autospell check is overzealous. Is Staghorn an aerial root plant?

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purpleinopp
Jul 20, 2017 3:58 PM CST
Happy to share! Smiling Staghorn fern? Not a plant I know at all except in regard to appearance.
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