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Thread: Do nep roots grow straght down?

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    Nep roots grow down and out, in like what others said, a "ball". some neps such as rajah, bical, ampullaria, and a few others get super massive rootballs that generally call for the plant to be "overpotted" since coincidentally enough, these are the plants that seem to throw the biggest fuss about being repotted, especially bical and rajah....so im not sure what the size of the plants are that you are receiving, but if they are rather small id say start them out in a 6" pot and go from there, ampullaria are very fast growing species, so if your conditions are ideal for them, be prepared to have to cut the plant back and do a repot in a year or so to a 10 gallon or more sized plant to accommodate for basal growth and root growth, because they will spread...

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    My clone 2 wistuba hamata grew a dense network of roots in the top layer ONLY. It basically avoided the entire regular media layer. When I repotted it...all I got was a mass of roots that was connected to the live sphagnum layer. So yeah...depends on species to species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vraev View Post
    My clone 2 wistuba hamata grew a dense network of roots in the top layer ONLY. It basically avoided the entire regular media layer. When I repotted it...all I got was a mass of roots that was connected to the live sphagnum layer. So yeah...depends on species to species.
    This has been my experience with most my neps. It led to me ditching the live sphagnum top dressing altogether as they became root infested.

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    Neps do not form a tap root if that is what you are asking. Like a carrot or a ceph. It is a fibrous root (a complex system of smaller root structures). Like grass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashman View Post
    Neps do not form a tap root if that is what you are asking. Like a carrot or a ceph. It is a fibrous root (a complex system of smaller root structures). Like grass.
    Incorrect, actually. Neps from Indochina often have long, Ceph like roots. Kampotiana, smilesii, some mirabilis, and mirabilis var. globosa from Trang, among others, have long, thick rootstocks.



    The majority of Neps do, however, have relatively small, black fibres for roots.
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    beat me to it Clue, i was just coming in to chime in on that, indeed a few species form "rhizomes" or taproots....

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    Ah, did not know that. Learn something new every day.

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