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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Sep 27, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Question; I got got a clipping from my daughters plant about 6 months ago. Its grown 2 maybe 3 inches all summer. Idk why its not growing. I just moved it a few days ago to a single pot. I had it growing in a pot with a devil's ivy plant, the Epipremnum Aureus
Golden Pothos. All summer the devils ivy did amazing . Its absolutely beautiful .it sit outside all summer on the deck in the shade/spotted light.
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The single piece of the silver pothos just grew beside it looks perfect but never grew any length. So again I did put it in a new pot this morning.
I had the same issue with my devils ivy plant.. then spring came n it went crazy!
Im hoping it feels less crowded now and will grow but is there something Im doing wrong with these plants that they start off so slow or just this silver one. How can i get it moving. I added some vermiculite to rhe pot but it was in with the devil's ivy too so I know thats not doing the trick for it

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 27, 2017 9:39 AM CST
Pamela, the Silver Philodendron (Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus') is a much slower grower than Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Your Golden Pothos looks great by the way and I do see the stem of the little Silver Philo there in your photo. I haven't used vermiculite in many years ... are you using it as an additive to potting soil or just planting in straight vermiculite?? Did you just stick the cut end into the soil to get it to root? I've rooted cuttings of Silver Philo a few times over the years but I lay the length of the cut stem on top of the soil, winding it in a circular pattern and making sure that the nodes along the stem are touching the soil where they take root at each little node; and I lay a couple of small rocks along the stem to hold them down. I know lots of people root in water and I've had Pothos growing in jars of water for long periods of time but I've never had much luck acclimating the watery roots to a soil environment.

Good luck with your cutting and keep us posted on how it's doing.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Sep 27, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Thanks. I do add vermiculite to my soil alot. Id say on a regular i mix 20 percent vermiculite to 80% soil. Unless I know the plant needs nothing to help it grow or dont like help persay like my lucky bamboo. Id never add vermiculite to that soil as its completely unnecessary and may even harm the plant I worry like micro grow can harm my bamboo. I've never had anything go wrong from using it yet... I mostly add it to newly potted plants, when I do have to transfer them. Uhh I use it for all my younger plants.
I wish you could asee the roots my wandering jews got with vermiculite mixed into the pot. It was nearly impossible to tear apart the rootball with your hands. It was enormous no kidding! Again maybe a little unnecessary but look at my wandering jew plants. I have 2 grown about the same right now.
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The biggest plant here in pics is about 9 months old I started inside around Christmas 2016 its so full on the top I stuggle to water it. Funny and true.. the other isnt nearly as full and its about 3 monrha old. I started it in pure vermiculite. It grew a root ball i couldnt get apart so I planted as waa with vermiculite into a pot of soil. Its grew unbelievably since then and the baby pics of this ne look completely fake there so perfect.


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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Sep 27, 2017 10:56 AM CST
Great growing! Thumbs up Your Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina) look really happy and healthy! You should add that last gorgeous photo to the database!
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Sep 27, 2017 4:47 PM CST
I never argue with anyone's success. You should continue to use vermiculite in situations where you have has past success.

Just some additional technical information about vermiculite. It helps improve aeration or porosity in the potting mix but it does not contribute directly to plant growth. It is no longer used as much as it once was because the soft particles tend to collapse and compact over time. An alternative is perlite that also adds porosity, but is hard and does not compact.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Sep 28, 2017 4:05 AM CST
Ps : when i took this cutting i pulled a root with it so i stuck it right in soil 20 mix vermiculite little less in that pot but still it was in the soil.
Thanks a million timez gardeners!!! I appreciate all the help!!!! Group hug

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