Cheese Plant Growing
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I have a beast of a cheese plant that I grew from a sprout! the aeriel roots she threw out are trailing all over the place.
I have put 4 little pots around the base of the main pot, with some good potting compost in and put 1 of the 4 aeriel roots into each pot. The root is now threatening to bust out of the bottom of one of them!
What do i do next? Do I cut the root above the soil level? How do I progress from a root in a pot to a plant?
Help?! i'm such a novice!
The roots in the pots won't produce a plant, I'm afraid - they just support the main plant.
However, you can take cuttings from the plant by cutting off a section of the stem with three or four leaves just below a leaf node (the lump that the leaf grows from). Take off the bottom two leaves and put the cutting in water. It will root in a few weeks and you will be able to pot it up.
Oh how I wish someone could show me! The lump that the leaf grows from eludes me!! I am just so nervous I will damage the thing!!
I had read elsewhere that they would root easily in water, it's just where and how!!
In years to come when I have grown several of the damn things, I will be able to explain how to another newbie!!
Run your finger along the leaf, back to the main stem. Where the leaf stem meets the main stem it's slightly thicker, yes? That's what I'm talking about. To get a cutting you cut just below there.
Hope that helps!
Pretty soon I will be over run with them!!
Because mine got so big last year-I did butcher it and replanted 6/7 pieces as cuttings but also with ariel root attached higher up the stem--just pushed it all into the compost-all took and now have a much more compact specimen in the corner of the room
I'm going to take a sharpe knife to it tonight and have a go at taming it!
You can also use a process called air layering which will reduce the need for a large knife - just make a small cut above the node , get some spaghnum moss ( garden centre ) and pack it around the cut . Seal it all in with a clear plastic bag or cling film and you should have some new roots appear in a couple of weeks plus the added bonus of keeping all your fingers ! I' ve used this method several times but be aware that monsteras live up to their name !!!
My large cheeseplant looks like its sweating it is producing droplets on the end of its leaves. I have recently moved it from my old business premises to my house, is the change in enviroment that is causing this?
Possibly or probably-it might be a shade warmer -especially at night-it will no doubt settle down-just a reaction