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shrubbycookie
Feb 8, 2018 5:04 AM CST
Hello people,

I am wondering what these growths on my plants are, they look like some kind of plant moles to me but Im not sure if that even exists Smiling

They look similar on both plants, but maybe they are not the same thing. The hanging plant on the second picture has a lot of them on almost every stem. At first, I thought they were new stem growths but they just remained the same size and brown, unlike other parts of the plant.

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Any help would be appreciated Smiling
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greene
Feb 8, 2018 5:22 AM CST
Welcome! Hello and welcome to NGA! Hurray!

No worries. Those are air roots/aerial roots. Perfectly normal.
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shrubbycookie
Feb 8, 2018 5:37 AM CST
Ahh I see! Thank you Smiling Smiling

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greene
Feb 8, 2018 6:18 AM CST
We have many members here on NGA to answer questions. The person I look to for advice about plants inside the house is name WillC. He works professionally with houseplants. Thumbs up

We can call him to respond to your question by putting the @ in front of his screen name, like this:
@WillC.
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WillC
Feb 8, 2018 2:05 PM CST
@Greene - You called?
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Name: greene
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greene
Feb 8, 2018 6:16 PM CST
Yes, Will, thanks for jumping in.
Would you please be so kind as to explain aerial roots to shrubbycookie?
( Lovey dubby I love that screen name).
My knowledge is limited when it comes to houseplants. Thank You!
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WillC
Feb 8, 2018 8:03 PM CST
Greene is putting me on the spot here! :smily:

Aeriel roots are simply roots that develop along a stem above the ground. Most commonly in nature, they grow long enough to attach to nearby moist ground or tree bark to help support the plant while it climbs. Monstera deliciosa is the best houseplant example of this phenomenon. For potted plants, they generally serve no purpose and can be cut off.

The roots that are shown here on the Pothos and Marginata, I would describe as incipient roots rather than aerial roots. Incipient roots form at stem nodes in anticipation of being exposed to moisture so they can develop more fully. Absent very humid air or contact with damp substances, they remain incipient or undeveloped. In a way, any stem node is a less prominent incipient root waiting for the right conditions (moisture) to trigger further growth and propagation.

When put in water or damp potting soil, those little bumps or nodes start to grow and become fully fledged roots.

I hope I haven't made this too complicated. If so, blame Greene! D'Oh!
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lauriebasler
Feb 8, 2018 11:01 PM CST
Awww, that was adorable!!!
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greene
Feb 9, 2018 7:52 AM CST
*Blush* Sorry, did not mean to put you on the spot. Thanks for correcting my misinformation. Thumbs up

What I like about WillC is that, even though he is able to talk using big words, he always can manage to bring the advice/information to a level that mere high school graduates can comprehend. Thank you WillC. Stay true. Thumbs up

I'm heading over to research insipient roots - I love learning new stuff. Thank you shrubbycookie for helping me to learn new stuff today. Thumbs up
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purpleinopp
Feb 9, 2018 8:52 AM CST
Researching the term "adventitious roots" should lead to tons of info.
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lauriebasler
Feb 9, 2018 12:05 PM CST
I love that word, but none has been as useful or handy for me as LizDTM's razzlefrrracken. It even goes with her expression on her avatar. Pretty cute.
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shrubbycookie
Feb 11, 2018 3:45 AM CST
So happy with all of your answers! Now I can even understand better why the roots always started developing much faster on stem nodes while I propagated cuttings (I often give haircuts to my fast growing Zebrina and give the baby plants to neighbors :D).

Also, I never knew that the first plant's name is Marginata, it has been in the family for 15 years now and we just always called her our little palm (palmica in Croatian) *Blush*

I didn't mention the names of the plants so the fact that Will mistook my Monstera for Pothos brings me to another interesting thing I have been googling for some time with no answer. Will probably thought this because on both of the (bad) photos I took of the Monstera you can barely see the old leaves. The older 3 remaining leaves are hollowed like the usual Monstera leaves, but all of the new ones look like Pothos leaves Confused Smiling
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purpleinopp
Feb 11, 2018 7:27 AM CST
The full name is Dracaena (genus, always capitalized) marginata (species, not capitilized.)

If you are unsure of the ID of the vine, please show a pic of the whole plant, or, if it is one of these, you might be able to decide by looking at the pics in these database entries. I wasn't sure either w/o being able to see any leaves:
Split-leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

There are also similar Philodendrons if neither of these seems like an exact match.
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WillC
Feb 11, 2018 10:40 AM CST
Thank you for the ID correction. Close-up photos are not so easy to identify and I mistakenly assumed it was a Pothos.

If you have concerns about the Monstera, please post a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot without it being blocked by the Marginata.
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