Whether or not to pot?
Last week I read an article about research that has been done using an imaging technique which shows that plant roots somehow sense they are in a pot, and send a message back to the top part of the plant telling it to stop growing. I’d be interested to hear what anyone has to say about that… surely gardeners across the world would have long ago given up the idea of growing in containers? The article is on the BBC website: “‘Stunted’ pot plants cannot reach full potential”
Having said that, I thought this may account for so many of my plants just not growing! For example, in about February I planted some seeds from a goji berry, (I got the packet from the dried fruit section in Tesco) and although they all sprouted, most of them grew quite quickly until they got about an inch high, then they just stalled. And then they slowly got taken out by the slugs, one by one…
(this is one of the surviving ones that the slugs didn’t get, as you can see it is being dwarfed by some clover)
(this one is sprouting new leaves after a snail chewed them all off, next to some baby coriander)
However, I just went out to take a picture of my poor goji berries (actually they are called ‘gou qi’ in Chinese, because I used to work in the countryside in China, and they grew wild there), and I suddenly found the surviving colony has suddenly taken a spurt of growth. So they are about 6 inches high. Interestingly, I grew these in the only ‘air pot’ I possess (these are highly favoured plants, because I desperately want a goji bush to the point of almost buying one), so I am wondering if the air pot has anything to do with it.
(this is the goji plant, which you can just make out in front of a larger chamomile plant)
- 3 Jul, 2012
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