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Tigershoes
Aug 30, 2018 7:11 PM CST
I am moving my plant to a new pot and noticed this plastic ring? Should it be cut off? I've never had a plant have this before so not sure what to do with it. Thanks.
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tofitropic
Aug 30, 2018 8:27 PM CST
It's a mesh pot/net pots, used in commercial plant propagation by some company to easily transplant small plant to a larger container as it grows bigger, without disturbing much of root system. also common in orchid propagation, and in hydrophonics. you can leave it as is if you worry to disturb root system, and Aglaonemas will outgrow through those holes, or if you like, it can be removed by cutting it with scissor, carefully not to break too many roots.
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stone
Aug 31, 2018 7:21 AM CST
Ida said that it looked like a reservoir from the bottom of a previous pot the plant grew in.
I don't think I'd want to attempt removal...
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Tigershoes
Aug 31, 2018 8:45 PM CST
stone said:Ida said that it looked like a reservoir from the bottom of a previous pot the plant grew in.
I don't think I'd want to attempt removal...


Thanks. I decided to just leave it. As the plant grows bigger will this eventually cause issues with restricting the plant?
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purpleinopp
Sep 1, 2018 7:54 AM CST
I suspected it was an Aglaonema from the title. Have seen numerous posts lately about Ags being sold with those nets on their roots. I would also remove it. Ags are tough plants, but constricting their roots (or the roots of any plant) would also constrict/slow the growth if it prevents the roots from growing normally.
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tofitropic
Sep 1, 2018 11:09 PM CST
I believes it would looks like these
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Name: stone
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stone
Sep 3, 2018 8:24 AM CST
Tigershoes said:
As the plant grows bigger will this eventually cause issues with restricting the plant?


If you look at the posted pic, you will notice that most of the roots have grown around the plastic, not too many have grown through it...

I don't know what kind of plant that is, but if it's an annual, I totally wouldn't worry.

Going by my experiences with plant roots and plastic... I start a lot of plants in plastic pots... They send their roots through the pot into the sand below, and I stop watering them.

Later... Like several years later... I get tired of the spot where the tree is growing... Dig it up and try to get the pot off it's roots....
Usually must cut it off, as the plastic gives enough that the roots gets large as needed... Never had a plastic pot to cause the plant to die by root constriction.
Had plenty of plants die from pots... Fire ants move in, plants die from lack of moisture... But, never from root constriction.
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purpleinopp
Sep 3, 2018 9:19 AM CST
I think we've all done that or at least seen an example! LOL!

A tree is a much stronger entity, capable of stretching or cracking a plastic pot, or even incorporating it inside itself by growing around it. I think we've all seen pics of trees that have a fence literally going through them, or completely encapsulating a mailbox.

Aglaonemas are not that kind of plant, and without being able to access the natural soil below as described, potted plants, outside, growing through and into the ground is an apples to oranges comparison.

Roots are always growing, just like foliage, so if they run out of room to do so, that's not ideal. It's not necessary to have an ideal plant for it to be satisfying to have around, but the question was asked. Ideal is a lofty goal for any plant in the captivity of a pot.
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