Aerial roots

Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)December 27, 2012

Thought it might be fun to share pics of aerial roots on different plants. Heart-leaf Philo:

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

Here are some that have gotten or are about to get to the soil.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 2:29PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I'm pretty sure that's what the really long stringy things are on this Easter cactus.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 2:51PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Thought I had a bunch more but I guess that's the kind of thing you can't find when you're looking. Most of the plants are all smushed/cramped together while inside too...

If you can get to them, let's see what aerial roots your plants are making!

Pothos:

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 2:53PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Related - see pictures @ Wiki link ......

Al

Here is a link that might be useful: Ficus banyan - ONE tree

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 5:59PM
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tropicbreezent

Adding in these few photos of aerial roots from my place. Took the photos today

Arachnis species orchid

A Vanda orchid, in the rehabilitation area of my shade house.

Hoya australis ssp rupicola

Purple Tradescantia

Pandanus basedowi, these develop the most amazing masses of aerial roots.

Philodendron lacerum, the aerial roots are a bit difficult to see clearly, long thin and over 8 metres in length.

Pandanus dubius

An interesting one, Socratea exorrhiza, also known as "Walking Palm". The trunk is never in soil so the plant is always standing on its roots. If it doesn't like where it is it puts out more roots where it wants to go and the roots on the other side shrivel. The plant then moves over the new roots. That's why I've got it enclosed, to stop it getting away, LOL.

Ficus species. These started as aerial roots but found a tree to hang on to.

This Ficus just likes to wander all over the place.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 5:03AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

That's wild, Al. Don't remember if it was your link or some further reading I did but learned that they built a road around it but the tree is encroaching beyond it.

Tropic, as always, blown away by your pics! The walking palm was especially fascinating and it occurred to me it would be a good first plant for people who aren't sure if they would do well with house plants. If it's not happy, it will just leave, so they would know if they should get more plants...

    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 11:04AM
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cactusmcharris

Many members of the Crassulaceae have aerial (adventitious) roots to beat the band. Such a profusion as these indicated in advance trouble below the roots.

This post was edited by cactusmcharris on Sat, Dec 29, 12 at 12:17

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 12:11AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Cool!

It looks like a tip of this Thanksgiving cactus got damaged and is responding by seeking new ground via aerial roots.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 11:45AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TC feels like making a bunch of aerial roots seemingly suddenly, certainly not just the one above.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 5:34PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This heart-leaf Philo has never put out roots like this before, 90% of this has happened in the past month.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 5:35PM
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Dzitmoidonc(6)

Like said above, a Crassula with roots. My C. ovata is telling me it wants out of the 8in/20cm pot it lives in. About a 3 inch trunk diameter. It wants out.

Some type of Rhipsalis. Actually this is the clump of plants that includes at least 3 or 4 distinct species. Roots are in the center of the pic.

I think this one is Selenicereus innesi.

This is Ech. 'Pulvioliver'. It ran out of dirt about 2 years ago. Selenicereus on right in background.

Hylocereus undatus in middle foreground, Monstera delicioso in foreground and also in back. The monstera actually has much of the room draped in roots. The plant crawls along the ceiling and the roots dangle down. DW has them tied in bundles, she doesn't want to cut them. About every 2 or 3 years I get sick of it and clear the air of aerial roots.

Another view of Monstera roots.

Rhipsalis mesembryanthemoides. I temporarily set the pot with some orchids a few years back. Haven't gotten around to wrenching them out yet. My original cutting came from a Renaissance woman from MN.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 9:20PM
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tropicbreezent

Here's some that you might find a 'bit different'.

This one is so huge it's intimidating. The aerial roots emerge near the bottom. Pandanus brosimos.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 3:15AM
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tropicbreezent

On a much smaller scale, Pandanus basedowi.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 3:17AM
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tropicbreezent

Ficus sp. (I think F. virens)

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 3:20AM
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tropicbreezent

Another Ficus, the tree is leaning so the aerial roots are descending from the trunk like a curtain, hence its name "Curtain Figtree".

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 3:22AM
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tropicbreezent

I love these trees, Rhizophora stylosa.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 3:24AM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
Here is a pic of a strap vanda but note on the right the terete vands roots have actually grown over the flower !!lol How's that for speed?? There is a mix in that container of terete vanda , epiphytic cactus as well as a nepenthes. gary

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 4:05AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Found an awesome well-established Monstera cutting today! Indeterminate number of shoots with aerial roots attached to a board support on the 3 biggest ones. I was impressed and had to have it.

Stem one:

Stem 2:

Whole plant:

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 4:58PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Been meaning to do that with mine,Purp...sometimes I put things off. :/

Been growing this cutting in a terrarium and have been meaning to add it back in with the mama plant.

Aerials run down the glass(pried it off for the pic)and eventually get trained into the pot.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 9:16AM
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christine1950

These are so small compared to some of the other amazing roots.
This is my Phalanopsis Orchid I rescued from the garbage. One mans trash is another womans treasure...
Christine

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 2:49PM
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tropicbreezent

Difficult to imagine that as being "trash", Christine. Looks great.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 4:47AM
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christine1950

Thanks tropic, I was lucky to find it before it was put into the dumpster.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 4:52AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Yeah!!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 7:54AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

No doubt!

Good catch indeed!
Way to run interference! :)

Here's some aerials on a dieffenbachia that spends it's time in a terrarium. I put it back in place after staging it for a quick pic.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 2:00PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Shot from the top...

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 2:01PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

one more look.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 2:02PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Please forgive the terrible pic but I had to say something about this.
My (valentine?) aglaonema is throwing an aerial or two as well! =D

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 7:13PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Excellent pics, and cool roots! Going to start a fund to get you a squeegee for Christmas! Seriously, spell check knows squeegee? Epiphyte and Aroid freaks it out, but it's ready for squeegee.

This little guy is chillin' in the vines and aerial roots.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 9:15AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Some of my aglaonema seedlings are doing a "just above ground" rooting thing too.
Gonna have to snap some pics soon.

Gah!
I have to worry about getting plants in and YOU still have anoles running around on your porch! NOT FAIR! lol

BTW,I don't imagine you know anything about gender recognition in anoles,do ya? I'm pretty sure that mine is a female but it could be an immature male(sounds redundant doesn't it?). Her dewlap is not as pronounced(yet?),she's got the whitish line down her spine and altho I'm not too sure I buy into this last piece of info from the www,..her eyelids sometimes change color independently from the rest of her body. If she's female she likely could be fertile. Did you know that after mating only once she can fertilize herself for the rest of the season from that one pairing? While kept with the other poor souls awaiting adoption,she's very likely had at least one boyfriend so it's possible that she's already laid eggs in the terrarium...IF she's a she! LOL

So squeegee is on my xmas list and it's not even samhain yet? Shucks!
....yeah....spellcheck doesn't know "anole" either.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 9:47AM
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greentoe357

Hoya wayetii shot out these aerial roots after being bagged under lights for just 9 days. The roots are even bigger now a few days later.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 10:58AM
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greentoe357

Philodendron Prince of Orange sends out an aerial root above each leaf from the same space the leaves come out of. Looks very cool. I stick some of the roots into the mix.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:07AM
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greentoe357

Alocasia Poly roots flirting with air.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 11:16AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hi Greentoe!

How's the prince of orange doing since the training of the roots? Any new growth? Would love to see more pics of it if you could manage it. :)

As mentioned a bit ago...the aerials I'm getting on my aggie seedlings begged for photos so I snapped a couple...

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 4:36PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Another...

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 4:39PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

And another...

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 4:40PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

And one more should do it! :)

Edited for a better pic.

This post was edited by asleep_in_the_garden on Mon, Sep 23, 13 at 17:15

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 4:46PM
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greentoe357

>> How's the prince of orange doing since the training of the roots? Any new growth?

I have not noticed increase in the pace of new growth attributable to my sticking the roots into the ground, but it's been sending out new salmon-colored leaves constantly, one at a time, albeit slowly. I just recently set it on top of a lamp for some extra daytime warmth - I'll see what that leads to.

>> Would love to see more pics of it if you could manage it. :)

Glad to oblige! This reminds me - I wanted to post a thread about something weird with my philodendron. Here it is, including a fresh picture: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/houseplt/msg0921315230078.html.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 9:37PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

Somehow I missed this thread.
Monstera;

This post was edited by dellis326 on Mon, Sep 23, 13 at 23:02

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 10:51PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

Philodendron;

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 10:53PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Nice stuff!

Here's a syngonium doing it now. Recognize this little guy Purp?

How do ya like the new kickstand?

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 10:16PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Excellent additions!!

Good stuff about the anoles, BTW, TY. Kickstand - LOL! Cute.

Here's some on Callisia repens.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 10:50AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

A different Philo (from heart-leaf)

Heart-leaf Philo root attached to oak stick.

More heart-leaf Philo root attached to oak stick.

Tradescantia zebrina root response to being stuck in a hole in the side of a hanging basket:

Scindapsus and Pothos shoots together. The thin one on top is the Scindapsus. When I put my finger there to see if that little root in the middle was attached, it came loose but there was slight resistance first. So, I guess I disturbed it while trying to attach.

Pothos (Epipremnum) roots definitely attached, and after only a couple weeks. This vine was dangling over the side before then.

The Monstera roots are growing faster than the leaves. I wonder if this board is treated with something, but I wouldn't even know what.

"Cloud" of Tradescantia zebrina roots, looking up under the hanging foliage.

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    Bookmark   October 4, 2013 at 12:36PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

You DO know that your different phil is an erubescens,right? Believe it's the exact same cultivar that I have in combo with other phils(you were the inspiration behind that btw). If not then I just thought I'd mention it.

Cool to see the scindapsus grabbing ahold. In time we shall see once and for all what this beastie will do once allowed to climb(as you recall the net was sparse for such an image).

A ficus elastica decora (rubber tree)cutting that I took months ago seems as ready to probe the air as any other ficus when placed in a terrarium.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 10:14PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Here's a slightly closer look.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 10:15PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Here's a peek at the micans(if we can even call it by that name anymore).

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 10:19PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

And a close up...

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 10:20PM
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aseedisapromise

Here are roots on Homalomena Em Gem, Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi, Rhipsalis cassutha, and some crassula. I have a Prince of Orange with aerial roots as well.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 4:49PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Okay...so these pics aren't the best in the world but hopefully you will be able to see what's going on here...an aerial is turning back in on the plant. I intend to leave it be,..unless there's a problem here that I'm not aware of. I've never seen this kind of behavior before so right about now I'm pretty clueless.

What do you guys think?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 7:29PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Not that it will help but here's a closer(not so great)shot...

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 7:30PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Oh well...

Thanks anyway you guys. :)

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 9:19PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

In the last pic, I can't tell what's going on well. Almost looks like a new leaf above the root.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 9:27AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Well actually that (if we're looking at the same thing)leaf you're looking at is the older one (the pinkest from older photos around here somewhere). There is the beginning of a new leaf further up and out of the shot,but as this ag is somehow a bit more stubborn to budge when compared to some of the others I'm being patient with it and not expecting any miracles anytime soon...that leaf has been taunting me for months now and is definitely running on it's own schedule. So the part that's hard to figure even with the naked eye is which side of the root is emerging and which side is where the point has turned back around and begun to bury itself back into itself...but I think it's coming out from the righthand side and digging into the covering of the union of petiole and stem on the left side of the photo. Kinda confusing to say the least.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 1:13PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

(Yes, I got confused, sorry...!)

Kalanchoe x houghtonii making aerial babies with roots.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 5:09PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This isn't a house plant, but definitely aerial roots in the rotting crook of a tree. Has stinky flowers and notorious for breaking, short-lived. Who can guess it?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 5:12PM
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lauraeli_

My tree philodendron. Those aerial roots saved it's life after the previous owner rotted out the entire base of the trunk.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 5:50PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Omg...Purp...I'm not even gonna take a stab at that lol...Maybe someone else knows?

Oh by the by,Purp...that aglaonema pictured above is in a bad way. Having had to put it out too early this year,it's a miracle it survived at all. Spoiler alert...it's gonna take a box-ride somewhere way south of me...any guesses where it's headed? ;)
I have supreme confidence that it's recipient will bring it back from the sad state that it's in now. :)

Lauraeli,
It really is an impressive save. You really did well by it. :)

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 6:16PM
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patchyjack(10a)

We've got a few things with aerial roots at the moment, but the winner has to be this monstera at the top of the stairwell!
You can see the root from the front door when you come in the house!
I always wonder if visitors notice it.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 1:32AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

It's a Bradford pear tree that I just showed.

Very cool, Laureli!

Asleep, sounds great, and hope you're right!

Jack, that's wild! Your Begonia looks like a million too.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 11:12AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Wow Jack,
that's a heckuva root there,huh?
Can't speak for all your visitors,but the plant people sure would notice.

I think people like us are always on high alert to notice such things anyway though

Ever felt the temptation to put the end of an overly adventurous root in a jar of water? Naturally the tissue would be different from something you could pot directly into mix without somehow hardening it off first,but what if that was never your intent? Wonder if you could feed it if the jar had a weak solution of fert?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 3:48PM
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patchyjack(10a)

Asleep, if the super duper root ever gets anywhere near the floor, that's what I want to do! I've heard of people growing aroids with completely submerged roots in aquaterrariums, so I'm guessing the plant would just drink the water and grow more roots!
I'm not sure if my root will ever get that far, though. It'd need to be over three metres long. That's about ten feet...! I know I should probably put it in the soil for the plant's sake, but I really want to see how big it can get.

Thanks, Purple! I have no idea what that begonia even is. My grandmother gave me a cutting some years ago. Whatever it is, it's super easy to grow.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:17PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Get a large drinking straw and using a pair of scissors or a knife,make a slice down the length of it. The slit is for easy removal if/when necessary. Guide the tip of the root into the end of the straw and you're done. With the humidity it sweats off collecting in the straw,it will grow a lot faster. Adjust the straw as it grows of course. :)

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:24PM
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patchyjack(10a)

Hey, that's a cool idea!
I'd have to use some other pipe instead, though, since the root is wider than a drinking straw.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:27PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Not the store bought kind but the kind you'd get at a fast food joint. Some places have notably larger straws. Personally I'd be scared to try with anything else because straws are nice and lightweight and most importantly easy enough to peal away if/when you forget to check on it and it's growing out the other side. Not sure that piping would peal away like a straw would should it become necessary. This would be my only concern.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 5:48AM
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patchyjack(10a)

Oh yeah, I know the kind of straw you mean. I don't tend to see a lot of those since we don't have many fast food places nearby.
I think I'll just let the monstera do its thing. We have an evaporative cooler which makes it really humid in the summer anyway. I think that's how it managed to get so long in the first place!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 7:51AM
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