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Milt. spectabilis - forever climbing out of the pot?

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    Default Milt. spectabilis - forever climbing out of the pot?

    I have read that plants like the Milt. spectabilis and others with long rhizomes often do better when mounted. However, when your culture options involve a rented apartment and windowsills, misting mountings everyday isn't really an option.

    I was at a loss for my Milt, which was growing well, but needed repotting for the new growth, which of course insisted on walking out of the pot.

    Well, here is my solution for now...





    The planting is pretty new, but since it put out two more growths immediately after repotting, for a total of 6 new growths, I'm thinking the initial response is positive. Especially since the 2 new ones are on older growths that I wouldn't really have expected to put off shoots right now. Interested to see if this pans out for me.

    The pot was just a small window-box shaped pot from the garden center/hardware store.

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    Nice plan. I hope it keeps going in that one direction, lol. Sure as I do something like this, the plant turns and grows the other three/ four ways.

    Cheers,
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    Do you water only the part where the plant is? I wonder if such a large pot may stay wet too long... but I have a Max tenuifolia that is growing verically i was thinking of putting it horizontally somehow like this

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    nice potting, pls post a pix if it "walks" to the right, lol.

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    Yes, so far I am only watering the area where the plant is. I was worried about it staying too wet, but this one seemed to prefer more frequent watering. And with half the plant outside the pot, I was having trouble giving it enough moisture otherwise. Hence, experiment A.

    Will keep you posted on its development!

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    yeah these take it moist (but I don't grow them so well anyway...)

    looks like you have a vigorous plant, so many new shoots

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    So neat good idea, hoping the plant can multiply very fast and the flower too.

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    Your plant is showing plication, or accordioning, of the leaves. This indicates water and humidity stress, and your plant will not bloom or continue to grow as well without an increase in humidity. Despite the problems of being inside, you should be misting this plant daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blu Llama View Post
    Your plant is showing plication, or accordioning, of the leaves. This indicates water and humidity stress, and your plant will not bloom or continue to grow as well without an increase in humidity. Despite the problems of being inside, you should be misting this plant daily.
    hi brian,
    thanks for the info, my plant also shows those symptoms, no wonder with our recent heat here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blu Llama View Post
    Your plant is showing plication, or accordioning, of the leaves. This indicates water and humidity stress, and your plant will not bloom or continue to grow as well without an increase in humidity. Despite the problems of being inside, you should be misting this plant daily.
    Beat me to the punch here Brian. The accordion leaves do indicate underwatering; in my experience, this is easy with dry indoor cultures, especially through winter and the beginning of spring. You'll either need to mist daily as recommended-- or since misting daily is sometimes difficult in windowsills, you could do as I do and increase watering with a good soak 1-2 more times every 2 weeks.

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