- Sep 26, 2013
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When I pulled it out of the original pot the roots were packed pretty hard, so I'm startin to think that might be what the issue is possibly (still pretty new to all sorts of growing)I think that one of the first things I'd do if I had that plant: harvest and root one of the healthy segments. That way, if the mother plant kicks the bucket, you will have a young, healthy replacement for it. Check carefully to be sure there is not some sort of insect or fungal infestation in the base of the plant. Of course, I don't have a clue what I'm talking about, b/c I've never seen one in my life!!!
One of the sites that I read last night says that the plants seem to grow and thrive/bloom best when they have ants present. One guy had his potted plant growing on a tall tree stump. There was actually an ant colony nesting in the base of the pot. The ends of the segments had a lot of fruit in varying stages of development, so his plant was obviously happy. It kind of makes sense: the ants would keep the soil aerated, and they would be providing constant low doses of fertilizer: insect frass as well as the protein bits they are constantly carrying to the nest.