My Ming is indoors and is about 10 years old. She has growth but I've noticed bare stalks too. I have never fertilized her, and water once a week. She is almost 5 feet high and is in a pot about 17-18 inches. Should I consider repotting her? Should I cut off the bare stalks? It's March now and she seems a bit out of sorts. I don't know what to do.
Ming Aralia Care
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Leave the bare stems for now. They may regrow leaves. If they have not in 6 months or so, then you can prune them. Check the bottom of the pot. If you see roots growing out the bottom, you need to repot the plant. But be warned that these plants hate to be repotted, so you may see some die back if you have to repot. Repotting is only a last resort with these plants. If you do have to repot, do as little as possible to the roots. I would definitely give the plant a little slow release fertilizer.