Water roots to Soil, Semi Rot

deer145March 6, 2013

i received an umbrella tree cutting rooted in water from my mom's big plant. i'm not sure how long she had it in water but the roots seem very developed.

i think i overwatered it and the roots began to smell and the plant to droop.

i immediately rinsed the roots and put only a small amount of water at the bottom.

the question: I want to repot it in soil so i can grow it big and strong. what is the best way to do this since the water roots are already very developed and it had a semi-rot? i bought a bag of perlite and i have some potting soil. should i use a big pot or should i root bound it in a smaller one at first?

i really want to repot this asap because it's not doing well. :( thanks in advance for your help!

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hi & welcome to Gardenweb!

It's not really possible to overwater a plant that's been propagated in, and still sitting in water. Do you mean you filled it much deeper than it had been before? Or that there was dirt added as well as water?

If you could add a picture to the discussion, that would help.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 5:06PM
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deer145

yeah, i watered it higher than it had been before and i think i started to rot the stem :/

here's a picture of the plant and i'll put a picture of the roots next.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 6:58PM
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deer145

I watered up to the very top roots.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 7:01PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

That's a very large piece to attempt to propagate. You might have better luck chopping it into 2 or 3 pieces. It's hard to see what's going on with those roots, but they do look like they may be rotting. If it's all mushy at that end, I would probably cut that off, let it hydrate in water (only because it looks dehydrated) for a few hours, then put in soil. You probably took the pic at night, but is it getting plenty of light?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 9:23AM
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