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Re: advice on a monsterous houseplant

-----Original Message-----
From: William Perez <wpz@sprynet.com>
To: ju-bo@msn.com <ju-bo@msn.com>
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 1998 10:51 PM
Subject: Re: advice on a monsterous houseplant

>>It's a sad little thing, but remarkable for having the tenacity to hold
on to life.  It actually does not look like it's suffering, but it is
the runtiest thing you ever did see.  I want to help it reach its full
glory but am afraid that in my efforts to bring it back it will die.
After all, if it ain't broke....<
They are the masochists of the plant world!!

>I had three thoughts.  One would be to put the whole thing in a bigger
pot with brand new soil and let the roots brave the new world.  I'm
afraid though that when watered, and my friend is in the habit of
watering it when she vaguely remembers that there is a plant in the
house, the water will percolate around the old soil and not into it.<<

I`d choose this option, and try to break off a little (actually as much as I
could) of the old soil.   Try putting a little of those gel granules in and
around the old soil ball, they will tend to "hold" water close to the old
soil.  The new roots should estadlish themselves into the new soil.  Till
they do, BEG your friend to remember to water it!!!!!!!!
   My second thought would be to venture into a long term project in which
over the course of over a few months, maybe even a year, I slowly
reintroduce some new soil.  Third, is air layering.  Can monsteras be
air-layered?  I figured I would try that and, if roots were produced, I
could repot that portion without severing it from the parent plant.
That way there would be two pots and one monstera.  This is because
traditional propagation is out of the question as far as my friend is
concerned.  Even though it would be identical she feels that after
twenty years the plant has built up enough of a soul that a clone would
just be an empty twin.  Don't ask.<<

Won`t.  Good luck whichever way you choose to go, and have a happy holiday!!

So what is the best  course of action?

And I thank you all for taking the time to answer my amateurish

William Perez<



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