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By winterk423
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Joined:  Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:50 pm
My cobra lily decided to stick its root outside of the this a good or bad thing and what should I do?



(Sorry for blurriness, I was using my phone)
By dmagnan
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Joined:  Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:37 pm
Those are great pics for a phone! I don't know about darlingtonia in particular, but I've had plenty of plants which have grown roots out of their pots, carnivorous and not, and it's never caused a problem.
By David F
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Personally I would just take it as a sign to repot this beauty, so its roots can spread, from what I know darlingtonia adore very wide pots so their roots can really get going.

If your afraid you would break the roots, I would just go ahead and carefully tear up the pot until you can remove everything safely.

Good luck :P
By jht-union
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Joined:  Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:43 pm
I would go with what David F said,

That's a sign that the plant is asking for a more taller pot and needs repotting.....thought i have never had this happen to me, and if people say it doesn't affect the plant, then you can decide whether or not to repot.

Good luck! :)
By winterk423
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Joined:  Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:50 pm
Thanks everyone! I think I'll repot because if more roots start growing out then I might damage them while trying to repot it then.
By snapperhead51
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Joined:  Mon May 03, 2010 11:46 am
yer give that little beauty some more grow room , 4 or 5 times times the pot size even bigger will not got astray , nice growing
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By linton
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Joined:  Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:29 am
It's not a root, it's a stolon. Usually they will encircle the inside of the pot (sometimes several times) before forming a new plant at the very end. The new plant can be detetched & potted once it has it's own root system.
By Daniel_G
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Joined:  Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:27 pm
I'm with linton, it is a stolon.
I've got two on one of my plants.
I grow these in cat litter trays, so they have more room to grow outwards. That way you can get way more stolons popping up!
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