Posted: 15/01/2015 at 14:23
Bizzie - I went for wider rather than generally big because Edds post suggested the roots went shallow and wide and I need it to be as stable as possible (mostly because of impending dog, partly because my partner is as graceful as an elephant).
This plant lived for eight years in an (all male if that makes a difference!) student house with a diet of being heavily watered for weeks at a time then ignored for months on end. Its leaves were sticky with over spray as it sat above the cooker in the kitchen. Heating was erratic as was light when the blinds were left closed for holidays. I don't think it was ever fed or the soil changed (although I seem to remember seeing a tea bag discarded in its soil once: does that count for much?)
Whatever they did it seems to have done the trick its quite the monster! I just hope I don't kill it with kindness!