01-01-2012, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Boredomb
I will say this about cutting the roots and this is what I have heard and from my experience (for this plant especially). Now I know stem plants get nutrients from roots and leaves but I have been told you can cut the roots on the nodes and be okay. I have personally done this with this plant and never had a problem with it growing healthy. Not saying it is best for the plant or that you should do it just saying I have done it and it was Ok.
That makes sense. Plants will attempt to photosynthesize full out, meaning as fast and as much as they possibly can, and this of course is totally dependent upon the light and nutrients. As long as both are available (and light is sufficient in intensity and spectrum) the plant will photosynthesize full out. Hence, the increase of roots to achieve this. Cutting back the roots, provided obviously it is not detrimentally severe, may slow photosynthesis but it will still occur. Cutting back roots also invigorates the plant in most cases, resulting perhaps in a growth spurt--and likely more roots. And I don't know the conditions in the OP's setup so all this has to be taken in that context. B.