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Re: Philodendron aerial roots
From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1997.11.17 at 07:33:10(1626)|
I've had arial roots from Philodrendons reach out and dig themselves into
the soil after which they became regular roots. As soon as just a few had
entered the soil, the plant took off and grew aggressively. Even if arial
roots might start out different from regular roots, they apparently have a
way of becoming regular roots that do very well in soil. (I did not,
however, force them into the soil... they did that on their own.)
At 11:51 PM 11/14/97 -0600, you wrote:|
>At 05:40 PM 11/14/97 -0600, you wrote:
>>>Awhile back I wrote about Philodenron "Xanadu" and
>>>all the aerial roots that it was producing.
>>>Question: when I divide and repot this thing, what
>>>should I do with these roots? I shouldn't bury
>>>them, should I? Snip them off?
>>Think about the purpose of roots.... to provide nurishment to the plant...
>>If I were you, I would do my best to cram them in the pot. If you soak
>>them in water for a couple of hours, they will become more pliable... Cut
>>them if absolutely necessary only....
>I have to disagree with you on this one. As a grower of many epiphytes
>before I even got to the aroid group I am familiar with aerial roots. The
>last thing I'd do is cram them into a pot. I'd leave them be and use them to
>help establish the plant by misting them regularly. There is a school of
>thought that aerial roots are physiologically different than roots that go
>into substrate and, at least anecdotal evidence that if aerial roots are
>buried, they'll simply rot.
>Besides, I kind of like them dangling out in space!
>Carlo A. Balistrieri, J.D. Email: CABalist@facstaff.wisc.edu
>P.O. Box 327
>Ashippun, WI 53003-0327
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