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  [Aroid-l] Your input please? rootbound.
From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2010.09.03 at 01:06:47(21369)
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?

I 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

If you are new to growing, please chime in.





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