alocasia roots wrapped in gauze? what?
When I repotted an alocasia recently, I wanted to get all the old soil out of the root ball. But the bottom of the stem had some potting mix that was enveloped in something like very fine gauze, and the mix would not wash out. I took the liberty to cut the gauze and bare-root the plant before repotting because my mix is very different (gritty mix).
I am curious why the growers did this. The plant was bought at Home Depot or Lowes, so it must be one of the huge growing companies that do this. The only reason I can think of is to make sure that at least the roots very close to the stem would never dry out - which makes sense because alocasias like wet feet. (Although wouldn't root rot be an issue?)
Did I do the right thing by cutting the gauze and planting it into gritty mix?
But primarily I wonder why the gauze was there in the first place.