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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Nov 12, 2017 10:57 PM CST
I want to use some plants to cover the soil and soften the edges of big pots with long naked stem plants, like an old Chamaedorea Elegans and some Dracaena fragrans. But I don't want the roots to cause problems to the big plants, so they have to be plants that are growing fast to cover, but not with roots that will get big and get long down in the pot. Sorry if it sounds complicated. I thought of Pothos, but I don't think he's suitable, he will fight for root space with the other plants, won't he? I want the plant to be a "spiller" one, one that can live indoors, but not an aggressive rooter.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Nov 13, 2017 12:17 AM CST
Sounds lovely. Most of the plants below are suitable for medium light.
Variegated Plectranthus australis or swedish ivy (vareigated)
Ficus pumila, or creeping fig
Tradescantia pallid, wandering jew (small leaf)
Hoya varieties, it will do ok in lower light but no flowers
Cissus rhombifolia or Grape ivy

Succulent vines and succulents in general have small root systems, but want much light.

Depending on your area, many trailing annuals can be grown indoors. I would look into those for the fun of it.
Can't wait to see the end results.
Good luck.

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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Nov 13, 2017 12:28 AM CST
Wow, thank you for all the suggestions @lauriebasler! I'd love to try some of these, especially the ficus pumila! I will search info on all. Nice tip about the medium light! I will cover a Chamaedorea base, a big Dracaena and a schefflera base. They look so unattractive right now, I'm sure they can look great when more greened there.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Nov 14, 2017 12:55 PM CST
An easier solution is to use plants in small pots that you set on the surface of the larger plant. If you use enough of them and keep them close together, the small nursery pots won't show. Or you can spread some Spanish moss in between.

This way you are not disturbing the roots of any of the plants and each plant can be watered as needed rather than all getting watered at the same time. Also, it is easy to replace any of the smaller plants if necessary.
Will Creed
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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Nov 14, 2017 1:05 PM CST
That's so practical, thank you, it can indeed make a difference. And no overthinking, how much to water this or that!
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Nov 14, 2017 1:06 PM CST
Great idea Will! I was planning the same thing as Faridat. Now I can proceed with confidence.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 15, 2017 9:18 AM CST
I agree, I don't like to see the soil surface, or the fugly pots many of my plants are in, and I try to use every bit of space to the best advantage.

The possibilities are nearly endless, hampered only by the available light & other conditions. Here are some pics I've uploaded & tagged in the past. I'll add some newer ones from home computer soon. Click on pics to see ID tags








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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Nov 15, 2017 12:36 PM CST
Those are stunning Tiffany, thank you for the information, all these lovely combos! You have such an eye for them. I am going to study these! Acorn Lovey dubby
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Nov 15, 2017 1:05 PM CST
TYVM but I defer all credit to the plants just doing what comes naturally. :+) ...and running out of space for more pots. I draw the line at 100.
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