HELP: with an Ugly House Plant

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Bleenie, May 21, 2010.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have had this plant for about 2 years and it's always been a nice looking plant until a few months back, it started getting really leggy like this. I understand this type of hosue plant is Supposed ot be leggy, but it's just gotten SO ugly [​IMG] What can I do?

    Could I trim it back? will that make it a little fuller?
    Should i seperate the plants? will more room make them healthier?

    I just switched them to a new pot, someone told me they do well with a tight root system, but it looks worse now.
    This plant also really loves the sunlight & it's been near a window for about 6 months now. it obviously grows towards the light, could the extra sunlight be making it so leggy?


    it's just gotten so ugly [​IMG]

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    Last edited: May 22, 2010
  2. Yessur Ebob

    Yessur Ebob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    I would think that if it was doing better in the bigger pot it may be a good idea to put it back?[​IMG]
     
  3. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Well i just moved it into the new pot tongiht, I am just looking for ideas if it doesn't help any. It's just really droopy & it used to be bushy & pretty, with a little 'legginess'.
     
  4. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Geez, I REALLY need a new monitor... with the lines on my screen I thought you need advice about PAINT...

    Plants... some people have a green thumb... I'm not one of them, mine's brownish black.
    Well, except for trees. I rock at growing trees in my flower beds. [​IMG]
     
  5. Yessur Ebob

    Yessur Ebob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    What did the roots look like when you took them out of the other pot? If there were lots of roots, that were fairly tightly compacted, I would try putting them in a bigger pot rather than a smaller one. I've never heard of any plant liking it's roots being cramped.
     
  6. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    Quote:It does say paint and that is why I popped over. I wanted to help pick out the ugliest color and wondered which neighbor they were getting back at!

    When I grew up we had an orange house. OMG nothing like never needing to give directions to your house. People somehow never miss it!

    That looks like an Arrowhead plant. They do trail. At this point I am not sure what to do. I would repot it and divide it into a few sections. Go a little deeper in one of them and see if it helps.

    Then try trimming one of the other ones back. Usually trimming will produce new shoots but if you cut off too much green then it doesn't have enough leaves to absorb the sunlight and thrive. How about a fertilizer. Mild to start and not right after transplanting. Vit B is used after transplanting to help with shock.
     
  7. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Thank everyone..i fixed the spelling error.. not sure how i missed that one [​IMG]

    I hadnt tried to fertilize it because i was thinking it would just make it trail more instead of get fuller. I know they trail but i wish i could get it bushy again, even just a little. My father has one in his dining room, its the type with holes in the leaves, i had to move it to across the top of the window it got so long, the base was still pretty full though. actually so were the vines. They hardy do anything with that one and it looks good. [​IMG]

    This 1 plant has givin me TONS of other starts, which I usually gave away, but they all got kind of bushy...maybe this one's just meant to be a "mother plant"?? when plants get old do they do that?? (do i sound like a moron? i think so, lol)

    I think i will try seperating it, it had well established roots & there's 3-4 seperate 'stalks' in it. Should i pot them seperately in smaller pots? or would it be better to seperate and repot them in a big one? how long do i wait to fertilize?

    I just recently brought home one like it, also a trailing one, but it's got white & green leaves instead of just green. I was thinking if I had to seperate this one maybe i would plant a small piece with the green/white plant....good or bad idea?

    thank you guys [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2010
  8. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Bigger pot...soil up just to the top of the roots...MUCH more indirect sunlight...fertilizer...don't overwate
     
  9. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Those things grow like weeds. I used to just cut off the trailing parts and stick them back into the soil in the original pot. They will root and make it look bushy again.
     
  10. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    Idaho
    Thanks for posting. I always wanted mine to stay bushy too. Maybe I will try and get another one.
     

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