We pulled the plug the night I came home from the hospital. The machine made horrible noises. No water in the take and filled with roots. The plant is still thriving. If I can get my mother to bring the tank to the sink I will see what I can do in my limited capacity. I will also get a picture.
If these can be saved great. If not, then I can plant something new soon.
I'm telling you this seasons have something to do with it at least in my mind. Now that fall is upon us maybe all of our gardens will start growing a lot better again. At least that's what I find they grow better fall through spring.
In California we don't really have seasons, but my gardens seem to respond to sudden temperature shifts. They like the hot weather better. Now that we're in a cooler, more normal 70 degree stretch, they seem to be growing more slowly.
My stubborn green peppers are finally behaving. One plant has three peppers developing, and the other is hanging onto its blooms.
lynnee , my peppers have beautiful, lush foliage, but are not producing blooms. And I have even dosed them with Dyna Grow Bloom twice!
It is really puzzling. Usually they have already flowered and are producing peppers by this stage.
My peppers seem to understand who's boss after I did an R&R and removed about half of each plant's abundant roots!
At first I was afraid that I might have killed the one that had roots blocking the float, but it's blooming now. I was actually rather shocked at how many roots had developed. Maybe I shouldn't have been, given how many big leaves had been pruned away.
Long ago, I watched a "Making Things Grow" show on PBS where Thalassa Crusoe used a meat cleaver (or maybe a machete?) on the roots of a big houseplant. The plant was severely rootbound, so she just hacked off the roots on four sides. Ever since, I've never worried much about disturbing a plant's roots--most plants will recover just fine, and be better off for the surgery.
With a moderately rootbound plant, you can gently pull some of the roots apart before you place the plant in its new, larger pot. You just spread the roots out a little. There will be some tearing/breaking that you can feel.
However, if a plant is rootbound, you know that it's pretty vigorous, and you know that it has plenty of roots to take over from any that may get damaged during repotting. The basic idea is to open up the sides and bottom of the root ball so that the plant can spread its roots out into the soil in the larger pot.
If you don't pale at the thought of trimming hydroponic roots, you shouldn't have any problem with loosening or trimming the roots of plants grown in soil! Good luck with the lipstick plant. 😀
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2021 21:48:25 GMT -5 by lynnee