If you have ever owned a breed of plant like ivy, you will
have undoubtedly noticed plant creepers that have spread from
the central body of the plant and have tried to reach from its
pot or place in the
garden. These plant creepers are a
part of the plant's natural reproductive phase, an ability that
permits them to grow new, independent plants. This ability
clones the originating plant to guarantee life without the
requirement of a male and female plant to pollinate one
However, plant creepers can create problems indoors and
outdoors. Indoors, they will extend vines wherever they sense a
possible place to clone itself and produce a new plant. If you
have plant creepers near another potted plant, they will join
the neighboring plant and cause overcrowding in the pot. If you
have plant creepers, you need to make sure they are trimmed
frequently, or far enough from other specimens so that they
cannot clone themselves quickly.
Something that will surprise first time plant owners is the
speed in which plant creepers establish themselves. Some types
can clone within several days, effectively breeding in another
pot, unknown to you until you see that your pot has a new
plant. If the new plant is left alone, you will find that the
plant may or may not retract the original plant creepers, which
can cause a nuisance if you desire to separate the plants.
Should you have offspring of plant creepers that you want to
keep, you should move them to their own pot as soon as the
plant has divided from the originating plant, or can be parted
carefully. The plant needs to have begun establishing its own
root system before it is okay to move. In some cases, only the
center is required. Plant creepers that can also duplicate
through the planting of leaves are particularly difficult to
get rid of once they have established themselves, as they have
some methods of creating new plants.
An excellent way to stop a difficult to remove plant
infestation from your pots is to prune the plant creepers as
they are forming. Pruning will not cause any damage to your
plant. In many situations, the cutting will actually improve
the health of your plant, as it will instinctively try to
regrow what has been lost.
Quite a few specimens with plant creepers are non dangerous.
However, some species, such as poison oak, can quickly take
over a yard. These types of organisms should be killed,
including the root systems you can find, as the plant will be
able to regrow.