new plant is still leggy and has a neck

fortyseven_gwOctober 15, 2013

Hi Irina and All
A new plant that I got several weeks ago from a grower
arrived "leggy" and floppy. It is now doing well,
but is too long in the stems to stand up and
also has a small neck (that I did not notice
until now) also adding to the inability to stand on
its own.
I moved it from a 2" pot as it looked scary with its
"daddy long legs" appearance. It was
planted in what appeared to be 85%
vermiculite and 15% perlite into a 3" pot of
soil mix to give it support. It seemed happier.
It is supported by a deep cache pot, but the
leaves still touch the rim, so I placed cardboard
under them (a piece of a curved toilet paper
tube.)

If I repotted it in the same pot, only more deeply
to bury the
short neck, which is about 1/3", the
lower portions of the stems would probably be
submerged in the soil. Wouldn't that likely
cause stem rot? It is an unusual, hard-to-get
variety, so I wouldn't want to risk losing it.
Has only 5 or 6 few leaves, and is
variegated.

I read about violet rings, not sure if these
are for growing symmetrical plants that have normal
(short) leaf stems. Or if they might help
support this plant.

This plant is not symmetrical. It is Russian,
the leaves try to grow tangled.
I gently separated them,
losing one.

I don't know what to do to help it to fill out,
or if the problem will get worse as it grows
and leaves become more "top-heavy."

Thanks for any suggestions.

Joanne

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Linda

Joanne,

Patience.

Give your plant good growing conditions and the new growth should be tighter. As the new growth comes in, gradually remove the older, leggy leaves. There really is no other way to 'help' a plant besides giving it good growing conditions. They will grow as they will. Patience!

Remember that some varieties are naturally more loose than usual,especially the Russians. As we talked about before, the Russians were bred for flowers with little attention to foliage. The result is some interesting growth patterns. I have a couple of Russians that seem to be doing battle with themselves with their goofy growth patterns!

Linda

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 12:59PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Hear-hear!
And select the greener leaf to put down for babies. If bigger plant croaks - you will have a half dozen babies to play.
You can make DIY leaf support from a styrofoam plate. Make a radial cut to the center - and make a round hole in the middle smaller than the pot diameter. Push a cut aside both ways and snap it under the leaves.

Good Luck

irina

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 7:07PM
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fortyseven_gw

Linda and Irina,
This is wonderful advice, thank you!
I will follow it. No repotting until after my trip.

I just got six watermaid wick pots I am trying out.
The rest will be either bagged or domed for my trip.

Joanne

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 1:44AM
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