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Root Pruning - not Murder!!!!!!!!!

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By Ann1

Cornwall, United Kingdom Gb

Ok, lets start again!!!!!!!
I have had a Schefflera with varigated leaves for the last 20 years. It lives very happily in a large pot in my porch. However of late, some red root trails have started extending from the bottom of the pot. I do not want to repot this plant into a larger container as I would have nowhere to put it, so I was wondering if I could cut these small root ends off, to stop further root growth.
The plant/tree already stands 6ft tall and has 3 large branches.


On plant Schefflera actinophylla


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No

18 Jan, 2010

 

Out of curiosity why would you want to? No plant can grow without its roots.

18 Jan, 2010

 

is it a stone pine in a container or a japanese umbrella pine, they are both refered to as umbrella pine,if so is it also in a container, and are you talking about pruning the roots to limit it's groth, you have not been very clear in your question, that is why you have had the responce you have had, these people know the answers ,but only if you explain what it is you realy want to know, you see they are gardners not mind readers,so please feal free to ask your questions and these people will be glad to give you answers, but please put a little thought in to your questions,

18 Jan, 2010

 

I think Ann was perfectly clear in her question Cliffo and Bamboo equally clear in the reply. Sometimes that's all we need.

18 Jan, 2010

 

Ginellie, then every thing is black and white, I dont think so , what I said was to clarifi ,or have you never heard of root pruning, are you saying that Ann has asked a stupid question'' because that would be insulting to Ann, I belive that it was a question porly put, and with a little more detail Bamboo could well have answard the question.

19 Jan, 2010

 

As I said, I think Ann was perfectly clear in her question and - please take note - I don't 'do' insults.

19 Jan, 2010

 

I have read extensivly on this plant, but can find nothing about roots pushing out of the pot,but as it is well established and they can grow up to ten inches a year .I personaly would trim thoes roots off, if I am wrong some one on hear will soon be on to tell you so, G inellie I havent a clue what you are talking about ,Ann has come back and explained have you botherd to read it.

19 Jan, 2010

 

Hmm, I'm quite articulate Cliffo.

19 Jan, 2010

 

Hi Ann and thank you for clarifying your question, a good example of the original question not being clear enough for a correct answer. The problem is that if the roots are coming out of the bottom of the pot it is very likely that your plant is potbound. Cutting off the emerging roots will not solve this. You really need to plant into a larger pot as otherwise the plant will not be able to sustain itself.

19 Jan, 2010

 

thank's for that MG I was begining to think that I was on another planet.

19 Jan, 2010

 

Ann, I read what you said here. I think if your lovely Shefflera has been and is still living happily in your pot and you do not wish to transplant it into a bigger pot as you are not able to fit it in, then yes, trim those roots off and make sure you feed it well, a little digging out of old soil and replacement of new here and there will help as well. I am thinking you might even be able to uproot it and give it a root trim and then replant it...I have done this, just don't get carried away trimming. I like to use the time release pellets on house plants for fertilizing them. I had a Monstera philodendron in the same pot for over 20 years..it did fine..it is at my sons and is still in the same pot and flourishing. Just watered and fed it.

20 Jan, 2010

 

I agree with Catfinch - ifyou don't want to put it in a bigger pot, turn it out, trim back some roots (not just the ones sticking out) and repot in fresh compost. Better left till March really though, when the days are longer, but if you must, do it now. It's always a risk, root pruning, because really its a skilled job, but sounds like there's no alternative.

20 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks to all of you for your responses, I will be using some of them to help my plant.

21 Jan, 2010

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