I inherited a lipstick plant for someone, and it was very near death. Half the roots were dead, it is very straggly looking. They are a few vine which have healthy looking leaves, most were brittle. I pulled out a few of the roots which were gone beyond repair. Most of the vines just broke off. The vines that are left are around 1.5 feet long.
A couple questions:
A) Should I repot the plant? The soil in its original contain had started to show signs of mold, which I scraped the top inch or two off and kind of freshened it up. I am worried repotting will stress the plant out too much. But on the other hand, I know the pot is full of roots without any viable vines on them, and worry of root rot.
B) Should I trim back the vines that are viable? If I do trim them back I would like to attempt re-rooting the clippings. If they root successfully can I replant them in the existing planter, to make the pot more full? Or will this fullness eventually (after a lot of patience) come back on its own?