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Posted 4w ago by @ZippyRedhill

Got this monstera that was ridiculously root bound

#Monstera will he just spread his roots now he's in a bigger pot ? I couldn't separate them more than this
10ft to light, indirect
18” pot with drainage
Last watered 4 weeks ago
I would put him in a clear vase for two days soo his roots untangle. Or however long it takes.
@ZippyRedhill yes! And he'll thank you for the bigger pot! It does look like he was ridiculously root bound #rootporn πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«πŸ˜±πŸ«£Don't be surprised if you see #newgrowth very soon!
@plantjedi we already repotted because it was a ridiculously big and messy task - plus its huge, we wouldn't have had anything big enough to put it in other than the plant pot it's been potted into. Hopefully it'll be ok
@lifeis2short I hope so! It already had 3/4 new leaves that hadn't yet unfurled which I was surprised at since it was in such a tiny pot
I'm planning to get a proper moss pole soon as it has tonnes of Ariel roots
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Placing the plant in a vase w some water as Miguel @PlantJedi suggested is a good way to prep the plant before loosening the root ball so the roots will be less brittle (and less prone to break) when you go to loosen it up.

I'd also maybe suggest dividing the plant if you can't get pots large enough for it.

Looking forward to when my Thai Constellation gets that big! 🀩
When you repot a plant, you do not have to untangle the roots. You can actually cause more stress to the plant. I usually just pull the plant, roots and soil and all out of the smaller pot and place them in the larger pot and add soil.

You did a PERFECT job repotting! It looks great!
@ballondusoleilwe already repotted because it was a ridiculously big and messy task - plus its huge, we wouldn't have had anything big enough to put it in other than the plant pot it's been potted into. Hopefully it'll be ok, I had a friend that had a similar situation and even though she soaked hers the roots remained tangled
@sarahsalith thank you! I thought since it had new growth still it probably wouldn't be worth trying to detangle too much. I think if it was unhappy I would have been more keen to try detsngle
@ZippyRedhill you made the right call! Your plants are in GOOD hands!! 😁
@ZippyRedhill oh it will be fine. It’s just a helpful bonus to unravel the roots. He’ll adjust and figure it out. And that’s some super impressive growing skills. Those roots are Nioce…!
@ZippyRedhill OMG I just read how big he is πŸ˜‚ pictures do not do it Justice! Hahahahaha
@sarahsalith thanks so much for weighing in with your expertise! I'm new to these types of plants so just I'm just sharing what I've been learning in case it's helpful. But nothing compares to hands-on experience from others for help!