Thick roots showing in spider plant pot

mernieFebruary 17, 2013

I was watering my spider plant today and noticed these thick roots coming up from the soil. Is this something I should be concerned about?

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I'm pretty sure it's nothing to worry about. If you're overly concerned, I'd just add alittle bit more soil to the pot to cover the root. Do you think it might be potbound? Just wondering if maybe it's potbound and beginning to push itself up out of the pot alittle. If not, just adding some soil should be alright.


This post was edited by plantomaniac08 on Sun, Feb 17, 13 at 20:39

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 8:37PM
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HI....spiders do that...they grow big thigh roots and yes they will push themselfs right out of the pot....I used to take them out of the pot and cut away some of the roots and put them back in the pot with new soil....your plant looks very green and healthy and nice white roots....

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 9:03PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Yes, this plant makes fat white roots kind of like carrots, they can take up a LOT of space, and will go very deep if they have the chance. You can cut them off to keep the plant in the same pot, or give it a bigger pot (at least untangle and rearrange the roots if you don't want to trim them.) If left crowded in the pot too long, the foliage will start to decline, dead tips, yellowing. So it's not an immediate concern, IMO, but something you should address sometime in the next few months, one way or the other. Trimming the roots can cause some leaves to be compromised, but usually results in so much new growth and babies/flower shoots, that it's not a concern.

You could add a little soil to the surface for now, but I don't think that exposed root will cause any trouble if you don't feel like doing that. When I dig these out of my Mom's yard, and tried to kill them here at my house by tossing them on compost pile, the roots can sit exposed for months and the plants still look fine. Those huge roots store moisture and although it's easily possible to make one of these look bad, they're really really hard to kill.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 10:05AM
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HI, I am interested in finding other plants with big and long white roots for growing hydroponically in my net pots.I am growing the spider this way now and its growing great in fertilized water.Any suggestions. thanks alot

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 12:52PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Ken, is there a circulation system for the water in your setup?

Maranta and Boston ferns make similar things in/on their roots.

Pothos (Epipremnum) and heart-leaf Philodendron can make extensive root systems in water, though I don't know of either forming actual tubers.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 12:59PM
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Hi Purple, what i have now is a simple setup , with a container i cut a hole in to allow the 3in net pot sit in my fertilizer solution.In there i am using my aquarium pump to create oxy and keep the water active.seems to be working ok with the spider so far.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 1:09PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo) might like that, and any of the others known for not resenting extended periods in water. I might try Peace lily.

There's a hydro forum, though they'll probably tell you this isn't really hydro and you'll say you know that... Do you have the actual aquarium that goes with the pump? Putting the net pots in there would get into an area that's more common, I think, having the foliage coming out, trailing down the sides.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 2:15PM
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Hi Purple...Thanks for the info..What i have is just a round plastic container,not an aquarium, but i do have aquariums,I have a few plants in net pots and they take turns getting into the solution every day, because i made it to fit just one net pot.I do have a peace lily but its still in dirt..what i have so far in water are :philodendron,dieffenbachia, and spider, two of those are in those soiless water beads, something else i am trying out .hey thanks, and if you think of others i can try give me a shout.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 2:54PM
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Forgot to mention i have a pothos too.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 7:45PM
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