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Lizladdnc
Sep 14, 2017 11:20 AM CST
Is it bad to detangle the growth of climber vines and other houseplants with many stems growing out of the same pot? I have a habit of messing with the stems and leaves of my plants like baby's tears and wandering Jews and I've noticed it can disrupt delicate root systems that seem to be right on the surface of the soil, attached to many parts of the stems. Should I leave the growth alone more? Also I'm concerned about repotting plants like those- how do you deal with all the delicate roots and stems when packing into new soil?
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Sep 14, 2017 2:57 PM CST
Thats the way they like to grown. Crowded !
Up potting. Just ruff up rootball and plant at same level.
Dividing. Break apart, and do same thing as up potting.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 14, 2017 5:50 PM CST
I'm not sure why you would want to de-tangle your plants but you have proven its not a good idea.
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 15, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Hi Liz, yes, it's probably not a good idea to mess with the tangled stems of your vines for the most part. If there is a long 'leader' that you want to lead outwards onto another part of a fence or trellis, you usually can do this fairly readily if you're careful. But don't start down by the roots, just lead the growing ends of the vine towards where you want it to grow.

As far as re-potting it's always best to not disrupt the root ball if you can help it, except if there are a lot of roots going around and around inside the pot, then you should try to 'tease' them out so when you put the plant in the bigger pot, the roots grow outwards into the new soil instead of continuing to go around in a circle.
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Sep 15, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Potted vining plants do not normally need untangling, but they do need regular pruning to keep them from becoming long and leggy. As others have mentioned, leave the roots alone and don't mess with the stems too much. Pruning will help you achieve the look you prefer without harming the plant.
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purpleinopp
Sep 22, 2017 1:36 PM CST
Long and leggy are 2 different things. Leggy is excess distance between nodes, in response to lower light. Long is just long, usually indicating an older plant. Regarding its' attractiveness, only you can decide that. Some like to keep vines looking like upright entities with very short stems, all the way to the other end of the spectrum where a single vine is wound around and around the room as an interesting novelty. Only you can decide what it "should" look like... hanging & dangling, wound around a trellis, or making its' way up and across a wall... vines offer a lot of possibilities for personal expression.
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WillC
Sep 22, 2017 3:50 PM CST
Perhaps I should have used the word "stringy" instead of leggy. I see many vining plants that have never been pruned. Although they are in good light and without excess internodal space, thay have lost many of the leaves and that results in a stringy look with long distance between the remaining leaves.
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purpleinopp
Sep 23, 2017 5:07 AM CST
Yes, that's a good description of that appearance. I've always wanted to do one of those around-the-room vines but I assume that my inconsistent attentions (due to schedule, not interest) would lead to "a string" with some leaves at the end.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Sep 23, 2017 5:17 AM CST
Not to get too obsessive with vines, but a slight nick above a node can often cause a new shoot to emerge there.

And cutting a side stem will usually cause a new one to start while you propagate the cutting in water or rooting hormone in potting soil.

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