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Thread: Potted plants can't reach their full potential?

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    This is nothing new to me, I've known for years that I get the best results from the biggest pots I can possibly use. Keep in mind, this isn't true for all plants, some species with small root systems grow better in smaller pots. As far as CPs go, I find that Neps, Sars, sundews with invasive roots, Cephs, and Helis all grow best in very large pots, Sundews with sparse root systems, pings, Utrics, and VFTs seem indifferent to pot size.
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    ahh yes.... another one of your glass half empty posts.


    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    meh..this kind of story means nothing to me..
    if you think about it, very few plants we grow can reach their "full potential"..
    especially non-native houseplants, flowers, garden plants, etc..

    tomato plants in their native habitat live for years and the vines can grow 10 to 30 feet long..
    does that mean I should feel bad because my tomato plants give me more tomatoes than I could ever use,
    but die at the first frost in October? meh..please..
    this story is, IMO, much ado about nothing..

    We give our plants the best conditions we can, and they are fine..the fact that they might not reach their "full potential"
    is, 99% of the time, utterly irrelevant..that doesnt mean we cant strive for more perfection in growing!
    thats fine..but if we don't reach perfection, so what?
    plants in pots are fine..the plants are fine..they are not unhappy.
    reminds me of this 70's crackpot:



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    I totally agree. Well said! Think about people that grow Bonsai!
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    I totally agree with scottychaos. Well said! Think about people that grow Bonsai!
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    As an avid practioner in the art of florabondage I'm not sure how that would apply. Bonsai are kept in their miniature form while retaining adult characteristics due to the precise balance of prunnning both the canapy and the roots. Their branches are wired, bent and sometimes weighted to get the exact "natural" look people want. They can be styled in various traditional forms as their owners desire. Heck, I even have chemicals that I apply to a debarked and sanded branch to make it look like deadwood. They need to be properly fed, on a schedule that can rival the fussiest of orchids. They are by no means "stunted" or "small" soley due to being potted, nor would they do fine without proper care.
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    Yeah, I have a couple dozen Bonsai books here in my library. Still, Bonsai growth IS stunted. IMHO of coarse. I'm not saying it's bad but it's stunted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyr View Post
    Yeah, I have a couple dozen Bonsai books here in my library. Still, Bonsai growth IS stunted. IMHO of coarse. I'm not saying it's bad but it's stunted.
    Stunted may not be quite the right word but yes, leaf size is kept proportionely small through various techniques such as root pruning. Otherwise you would have a 2 foot tall maple tree with full size leaves. But it only can go so far.
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    I acquired a ton of pots from my neighbor. He does dahlias and shizz. They're about the same size as my nep pots, but some are a bit bigger. I think I may repot some of my bigger guys into larger pots eventually. When would be the best time to do this? Like plant size to pot ratio... Or is it root ball size that matters? My ventrata barely has roots and its like 2' x 2', but I put it in a giant hanging basket.

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