Does any one know what might cause a plant to have significantly enlarged roots? I just re-potted a spider plant that had been in the same pot for probably at least a couple years and found that it had a lot of roots, especially near the surface level of the soil, that were almost the size of your average baby carrot. I’ve never seen it before! The plant seems healthy; I only re-potted because it had gotten too tall and was toppling over. What on earth is going on here?
Edit: I should add that the vast majority of the roots were totally normal, but in a plant that was in a pot of about 6” diameter, there were probably a dozen huge roots attached…I believe spider plants form tubers/rhizomes. It’s totally normal! They form them to store water/energy (I believe). Plus, they do like to be pot-bound/root-bound.
as long as a plant is alive it continues to grow roots. the larger a plant is the more roots there will be and the larger the roots will be. if it was in a pot for years its probably just the comparison of the roots way back then to the roots now that has you concerned (considering there would be a large difference). as long as your plant seems healthy it probably isn’t something you need to worry about but i would make sure the pot you repotted it in is larger than the last one. it may run out of space for roots which can cause a plant to uproot its self and that can end badly for the plant.