Roots coming out of the top of the pot. . .

maidinmontana(Zone 5 Billings MT)October 24, 2009

I noticed today while watering my hoyas, the three bigger (6 1/2" pot) ones I got from the unmentionable, have quite a few roots showing on top of the soil. I haven't re-potted them, they are still in the soil/pot they came in.

How should I handle this? Just top it off and wait til spring to re-pot? Go ahead and re-pot now? Or just ignore it, it's normal?

There are also some of the smaller ones from Joni and Gardino's that have roots coming out of the bottom. These are in 3" pots. What should I do about these?


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As long as the plants don't dry out too fast they should be fine. I have several plants that are probably a little under potted and the surface of their potting mix is almost all roots. The plants grow well as long as they are not allowed to dry out.
If your plants that are in small pots are actively growing potting them up may be just what they need. Some plants will just keep on growing after potting up while others appear to stop and focus on root growth for a while.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2009 at 12:56AM
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I'd move them up to a bigger pot myself. I automatically repot anything I get anyway (except those hugely full EA plants that are next to impossible to repot) because I want them in my own mix, because I like to examine the roots for any problems, and because usually they ARE potbound and I prefer to give mine more room. Though, as Mike says, sometimes they go semi-dormant when you repot, it almost always results in super vigorous growth once they're settled in. I sometimes let mine get potbound due to timing (prefer not to repot when blooming) or I'm in a busy time of my year when I don't have a lot of extra time, but I try never to let them stay potbound for too long.

I vote for repotting.

Denise in Omaha

    Bookmark   October 25, 2009 at 10:25AM
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I personally would top it off with your soil mix.


    Bookmark   October 26, 2009 at 10:57PM
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