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I know this plant is exhibiting some unusual growth, I just don't know what to do about it or what caused it, any ideas?



Besides this, it seems to be healthy, no signs of bugs, infections, or rot. It is also sending up a flower now so I'm only assuming it's happy (instead of it being a stress induced flower)
 

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This isn't terribly unusual with Barbara section plants. Inconvenient but not serious. You may hear many possible causes, some of them contradictory - genetic predisposition (certainly a part), bad media, over-fertilization, too warm, low light, high light, too wet, high humidity, crowding, hormones/vitamins. That last one is the easiest to change if it applies, kelp products most commonly. Otherwise, if other plants are doing well I'd wait and see what this does in the next growth cycle before making changes.
 

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This isn't terribly unusual with Barbara section plants. Inconvenient but not serious. You may hear many possible causes, some of them contradictory - genetic predisposition (certainly a part), bad media, over-fertilization, too warm, low light, high light, too wet, high humidity, crowding, hormones/vitamins. That last one is the easiest to change if it applies, kelp products most commonly. Otherwise, if other plants are doing well I'd wait and see what this does in the next growth cycle before making changes.
Thanks for the advice. I'm mostly worried about it only growing new fans from up there
 

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If it starts a growth half way up - repot so the new growth is at the correct media level height
 

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So I snip it off?
No, but you will need to pot it deeper with each growth if it continues this pattern on later growths. You may see the next growth come from near the base or half-way up the beanstalk. Alternatively, some people have managed to air layer growths like this, and remove it after it has roots.
 

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No, but you will need to pot it deeper with each growth if it continues this pattern on later growths. You may see the next growth come from near the base or half-way up the beanstalk. Alternatively, some people have managed to air layer growths like this, and remove it after it has roots.
So what do I do with the older fan? Plant it under ground? I've heard good things about air layering, I'll have to read up some more on it
 

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Air layering is quite easy to do and most of the time is very
successful. You make a small slit at a node just
under the goofy growth, place a toothpick through the slit,
wrap the whole shebang with sphagnum, wrap Saran Wrap
around the sphag. and tie off both ends. Leave a bit of
space at the top of the wrap to keep the sphag. moist.
When you spot new roots about one to two inches long,
detach the plant and pot up. The plant does all the work.
 

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So what do I do with the older fan? Plant it under ground? I've heard good things about air layering, I'll have to read up some more on it
Try the air layering if it interests you, certainly. But at this point I would wait and see what it does next. If the next growth comes from near the base you may not need to do anything. You'll have to get creative or drastic some only if the new growth starts well up in the air.
 

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Air layering is quite easy to do and most of the time is very
successful. You make a small slit at a node just
under the goofy growth, place a toothpick through the slit,
wrap the whole shebang with sphagnum, wrap Saran Wrap
around the sphag. and tie off both ends. Leave a bit of
space at the top of the wrap to keep the sphag. moist.
When you spot new roots about one to two inches long,
detach the plant and pot up. The plant does all the work.
Thanks for the info!
 

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Try the air layering if it interests you, certainly. But at this point I would wait and see what it does next. If the next growth comes from near the base you may not need to do anything. You'll have to get creative or drastic some only if the new growth starts well up in the air.
Yeah, if it starts from the base, everything's fine, it'll be fun if it doesn't
 
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