Re: Your input please? rootbound.
- Subject: Re: Your input please? rootbound.
- From: "Sherry Gates" <TheTropix@msn.com>
- Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2010 16:16:06 -0500
Hi Steve and everyone,
It's my understanding that a lot of people will
suggest keeping plants pot-bound because they say it encourages
blooming. It seems to hold true more with some plants than others,
Y'all have a wonderful and safe Labor Day!!!!!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 8:06
Subject: [Aroid-l] Your input please?
Some of you know that I love to chase down the
sources of horticultural beliefs. If you have ever spent time on any
plant forum you know the common advice is to keep your plants root bound, or
at least when you repot give the roots only an "extra fingers width" on each
side the pot. My question is where do that advice originate? Why
do we believe it? Is this really good growing advice or just an old
wives tale? Are plants in the rain forest root bound?
understand that nursery men prefer to start their plants in small pots and
allow the roots to fill it before stepping the seedling up to a larger
pot. My understanding is they do this in order to encourage a hearty
root system first. But it appears some growers may have taken this
advice to excess and always keep their plant's root bound. Should we
always keep our aroids in pots so small their roots are for ever crowded, or
give them space to grow?
We always have new growers looking for good
growing advice. If you have adopted a small pot policy please tell us
why. If you are an experienced grower and prefer a tight pot method I
would enjoy knowing the reasoning. Many of you don't know that I have
written for years for a variety of magazines and I have another train of
thought in this area. I am now working on a new article to explain about
aroid growth, a plant's need for oxygen around its roots as well as how to
keep their root systems healthy. This discussion will help me to
formulate my article.
If you are new to growing, please chime
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