Why My Calathea Ornata has Swollen Root Nodules (Root Bulbs)?

Calathea ornata plants require a lot of moisture and nutrient-rich soil for good growth. To absorb nutrients efficiently, it has a big connected root system. When the nutrients are surplus in soil, its roots form a set of nodules called root bulbs; they are not hazarding signs or dangerous for your plant, instead, they are the sign of good growth. Calathea ornata root bulbs act as a source for the propagation of new roots. Actually, if you are taking good care of your Calathea ornata then there is a probability you can encounter this scenario.

Calathea Ornata Rhizomes

Then swollen nodules are actually roots rhizomes from which the new roots propagate. Rhizomes are actually underground swollen root areas of the plant from which new shoots and root systems grow. These rhizomes or root nodules led to the growth of radial roots. A radial root is a system of roots that grows in the horizontal directions.

In this image Calathea ornata and its outgrown roots are shown.
Calathea Ornata Roots

Calathea ornata root bulbs or rhizomes are full of nutrients that can also lead to the growth of new leaves. Each root nodule or rhizome can produce a single leave. If you are thinking about why rhizomes are born in the first place. Then here is your answer these are the places for storage houses of starch and proteins. Rhizomes indicate your plant is healthy.

Sometimes due to negligence, the owners experience problems with Calathea ornata nyctinasty movements. It mainly happens when the plant health is not good. But Calathea ornata rhizomes are a clear sign that your plant is healthy and growing well, so if you have root nodules then don’t worry.

You will encounter this scenario when you will repot your plant. So, instead of panicking; just get done with the repotting of your Calathea ornata and keep taking good care of your plant.

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