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    Potted plants can't reach their full potential?

    Very interesting article by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/18612661



    Wish I had the space to put everything in larger pots..

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    I feel like repotting my giant N. rafflesiana into a barrel now....

    This is why hydroponically grown Sarracenia are so much larger than potted ones. I don't think pygmy Drosera are affected by this.

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    So what is the best size pot for neps? I've got the majority of mine in two gallon black pots, is that enough?
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    One time during a trip to Jamica, after seeing the hugh pothos and other tropical plants growing wild, I felt so guilty that i wanted to come home and set my potted ones free.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by scottychaos View Post
    reminds me of this 70's crackpot:



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    I loved that book. When I was around thirteen I must have read my Mother's copy a half dozen times. I remember buying a whole bunch of el-cheapo coleus plants and putting them in three groups around my bedroom. One i said only nice things to, as if I was talking to a favorite pet, the second I spoke really nasty to, and the third i gave the silent treatment to. if I recall all three groups died on me anyway. After that I stopped reading the book so much and became a horse crazy teenaged girl.
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    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:



    Scot

    Well, first of all, the story is very relevant for those of us who sometimes wonder why Nepenthes have a tendency to grow so slowly in cultivation when all of the necessary conditions are met. Some species simply never put out pitchers as large as those photographed in situ, and considering that many of us spend obsessive amounts of money on particular species, every bit of knowledge helps. Is this to say that we will stop using pots? No.. but it does prove an interesting point about larger pots taking priority over smaller ones, or net pots over solid pots. *Edit* It seems, aside from the superior aeration, that net pots would allow the roots to expand uninhibited as opposed to a solid-sided pot. Perhaps if the net pots were imbedded in live sphagnum, it would almost be as though the plants were growing in an unenclosed space.

    If I had the space, experiments would be underway.

    Also, the science behind it is quite interesting.. I don't think the editors at the BBC would have bothered with the article had they thought there was "nothing" to it.
    Last edited by mato; 07-01-2012 at 09:41 AM. Reason: Net pot comment

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    Don't forget all the natural plants that never reach any potential because of environmental factors.

    I'd say they get a pretty sweet trade off.
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