Root systems

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Posted by Kevin on April 03, 2003 at 10:19:28:

My wife split a large houseplant (species unknown) into two separate pots. At the time the plant was quite healthy. Since then, the plant sprouts new growth, but the new leaves immediately droop and slowly die. I heard that in transplanting, the new plants do not have enough capacity in the roots to support the plants. Enough energy is allowing the plant to grow, but not to support that growth in the long-term(the roots can support the production of new growth, but are unable to support the maintenance of the new growth), is what I was told.(as a matter of identification, the species is very common, has pointed, narrow leaves that stand erect from a central trunk. Something not unlike a yucca, but this is not a desert plant.It does not flower.)

Is there anything that I can add to the soil to help grow roots? (which if the above is correct, will help the plants maintain their new growth).
Thanks for any help you can offer.

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