I have a 3 foot Chamaedorea elegans, approximately 10 years old, in a 12-inch clay pot. Outside of new leaves, and there is much new growth, coming in brown on some of the tips, the plant is doing okay.
At issue: the clay pot is disintegrating. It is crumbly on the surface, and comes off in small specks if touched.
My questions: should I repot? I've read here, I believe, that C/E likes to be root bound, is that correct? If I do repot, do I go up to a 14 inch or a 16 inch pot? Clay or plastic? Can I put the plant inside the new pot and then break the existing pot, since I am loathe to handle the roots?
I am trying to help my plant, but don't want to kill it with kindness!