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What does it mean when it looks like there are roots forming out of leaf nodes. I have a few plants that at every leaf, they are dropping roots that look like they are trying to reach the soil. What is happening?

Needless to say, I slept through the botony section of Uni last year ... haha

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All stem plants will tend to send roots down to "search" for the substrate. When it begins to look ratty, simply pinch off the uppermost node with roots at the bottom, and replant in the substrate and voila, you have a new plant. It is how they propagate.
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awesome thanks ... I wish I would have posted this question yesterday. I had a large plant that the stem rotted away ... so I threw it out ... but there were lots of portions with roots sticking out of leaf spots. I really wish I would have known to just cut and re-plant to salvage what was left of the plant

Experience I suppose ... at least now I know ... and I only wasted one plant instead of 10 plants

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no worries Tyler
Just think of the node with roots as apotential new plant, so if the bottom looks rotty, pinch it off at a node and replant.
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