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Addicted to gardening & plants for decades, moved to AL from OH in 2007 and absolutely love it! My passion is beautiful and unusual foliage inside and out, nectar plants for hummers and butterflies, fragrant flowers, propagating whatever, and attracting the (friendly) tiny critters like birds, anole lizards, toads, hummingbirds, butterflies, geckos, skinks. We don't use any sprays or 'cides.

"This plant likes to be rootbound" Oh, this is sad!

No plant likes to be rootbound. What is necessary for plants to stay alive is for their roots to not rot, which can happen so easily in a pot with dense soils, like ground dirt, or bagged mixes of predominantly tiny particles of peat, (or to simply shrivel from simply never getting any water.) Having very little soil around the roots would make the soil dry more quickly, and for even the most dedicated plant-overwaterers to not rot the roots of their plants. This is not ideal, since most non-cactus plants are stressed by dry conditions, it's just a way of coping with soil that has little air in it when moist.

Negative experiences in regard to potting-up, where an undisturbed root ball is placed into a bigger pot with more soil around it, vs. doing a repotting, as described below, can give rise to old wives' tales about plants not liking to be repotted/disturbed. Potting-up a root-bound plant that has roots surrounding the outside root ball often lead to this negative experience because those roots had adapted to accessing oxygen around the outside of the root ball and surrounding them with more dense, soggy-but-airless potting soil will likely lead to suffocation.

The reason bonsai masters are able to keep potted entities alive for hundreds of years is because they care for the roots by trimming them and changing the soil. A plant grows from the roots-up, so if the roots are not healthy, gorgeous foliage will decline &/or no flowers can form. When you unpot a plant and find a pancake of roots at the bottom, chopping that off will give roots a chance to grow normally again for a while and will make removing the old soil easier.

Roots need oxygen & moisture at the same time to function. Just air = shriveling. Just moisture = suffocation & rotting. Either will cause root death and desiccated foliage because the roots have been unable to deliver moisture. Having to let soil dry, as if ones' tropical jungle plant was a cactus, is an unnecessarily stressful coping mechanism for non-desert dwelling plants in soil without enough oxygen for the roots to stay healthy when it is moist and can lead to premature loss of older leaves and in extreme cases, dry shriveled roots/dead plant.

My most sincere hope is to never arrive at a point where I think I know everything. I doubt that's possible, and would be too boring to tolerate.

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  • Joined on July 5, 2012
  • Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
  • Location: Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻
  • USDA Zone: 8b
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  • purpleinopp's active areas of the database
  • Kalanchoes (269 contributions.)
  • Begonias (124 contributions.)
  • Tradescantias (78 contributions.)
  • Philodendrons (56 contributions.)
  • Coleus (46 contributions.)
  • Sedums (41 contributions.)
  • Euphorbias (40 contributions.)
  • Crassulas (38 contributions.)
  • Hoyas (30 contributions.)
  • Aglaonemas (28 contributions.)
  • purpleinopp's Plant List
    There are 354 plants in purpleinopp's plant list.
    -*-Active propagation: 41 plants
    -*-Wicked: 5 plants
    -*-Seeds: 25 plants
    -*-To prop: 45 plants
    -*-Success prop water: 108 plants
    -*-Success prop soil: 122 plants
    -*-Hardy: 124 plants
    -*-Mini: 32 plants
    -*-Potted: 175 plants
    -*-Summer grounded: 25 plants
    -*-Sedum: 25 plants
    ^^Looking for: 2 plants

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