I recently bought my 6th variety of Aglaonema. Yes, I’m obsessed with the amazing color of the leaves and can’t resist a different one when I see it. This newest acquisition is called ‘Pink Dalmation’. I brought it home and of course, had to re-pot it into a more attractive (green) container. While removing the plant from its plastic grow pot, I was surprised to find some interesting things going on in the root area of the plant.
A surprise in the root ball
As I turned the plant out of the pot, the soil fell away from the roots and I was surprised to see these plastic baskets with roots protruding from them.
The story behind the cups
I had to know the story behind these plastic, root-filled cups, so I contacted Justin Hancock (Consumer Marketing) of Costa Farms to find out about them.
Justin said these plastic cups are part of the propagation process and ensure high-quality cuttings that continue to grow well after planting. These cups also help keep the plant stable during shipping, a huge factor in the end retail product. The plants are started in the Dominican Republic and are planted in coconut coir, a sustainable product. They no longer use peat moss in the production of their houseplants.
I was amazed at the extensive root system growing out of these cups. Thank you Justin for enlightening us about the production of these plants. It is so interesting to me and I’m sure to the people reading this and buying Costa Farms plants.
I personally am obsessed with these beautiful, easy plants!