Plant organ that is typically below ground.

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Watering plants and temperature [duplicate]

It seems obvious to not shock roots with hot or cold water when watering, but are there benefits to using water with a certain temperature? For example, can temperature stimulate root growth or have ...
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Preventing invasive roots in raised garden beds

Every year I remove and clean out the raised garden beds and add to the soil. This is the second year using the raised beds. I've noticed that when I mix in new soil and hit the soil, mostly clay, ...
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Do roots normally need air around them to grow better?

Do plants use their stems to breathe for the whole plant, or do plants need to usually have slightly dry so they can grow better?
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Do petunias have roots in the stems?

I have Wave petunias in a hanging basket. One of the Wave characteristics is that they have long trailing stems with many flowers, which either hang from a pot or lie on the ground, as opposed to some ...
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Crippled young leaves on pepper plant

What is wrong with my pepper plants? Some of them are showing deformations on young leaves. See this picture: Some of them are showing small holes or cracks, usually with brown edges. Some have ...
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Is it a big deal if the upper parts of papaya roots are exposed like this?

Water washes away the soil around papaya roots, leaving their upper parts partly exposed, like this: Close up: The tree in the photos is the most serious example I have. Yet it seems perfectly ...
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Can I get a conifer to grow from a ball of roots?

Is it possible to get a new conifer from a ball of roots that I planted after manhandling the removal process to get some roots out? Example: side of part A:
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How can I cross breed two root vegetables? [closed]

How would I go about crossbreeding two root vegetables to make a super-vegetable with properties of both? I'm thinking about crossbreeding garlic with something like turmeric/ginger to attempt to make ...
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Saving sun-scorched succulents

I recently moved several small potted succulents from partial shade to full sun, which proved catastrophic for many of them. Specific genera among the casualties: Echeveria / Graptopetalum Faucaria ...
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Tree roots grinded near trunk

An irrigation company, in order to get to a sprinkler head and pipe, grinded several roots from my neighbors oak tree. The tree is at least 6' around at the base and the trunk divides into three ...
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Can I re-grow roots from a piece of a trunk cut from my green ash tree?

I have a 3 ft stump of a green ash tree that I pulled out of the ground. I cut 3 root stubs with a chain saw. It's coming from a triple trunk that was rotting out. Is there any way I can regrow the ...
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Tree roots in storm drain

A 12" square catch basin collects water from my driveway and transports it under the lawn to adjacent stream about 150 ft away via 4" corrugated buried pipe. They used corrugated covered w/stone (vs ...
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Growing Epipremnum aureum stem roots on potted plant

I have an Epipremnum aureum (once rooted from a cutting) in a soil pot. It took some time, but then it grew at an incredible rate, with a thick stem (fingerbreadth) and large leaves. On the other ...
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Does my Sago Palm have root rot?

My Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta) has weird-looking clumps in its roots. Is it a Phytophthora root rot infection? If not, what is it?
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Why does the tree trunk grow in diameter?

Why does the tree trunk grow in diameter even though you cut the roots and tips of branches?
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What should I do about old invasive redwood roots after the trees are cut down?

Our redwood trees were too big and too close to the house so we had them cut down. Now we will grind out the stumps and remove the large roots. However, the ground is totally saturated with the ...
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How to develop fine roots in potted plants

I wanted to know the best way to encourage lots of fine feeder roots for a healthy plant. I started a couple of lemon trees from a drink cup seed last year as an experiment. I used a wicking system to ...
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How to understand if my tree's roots are girdling

Some time ago I planted the dwarf (M27) apple tree shown and described in this question. At the time of planting, I am afraid I didn't dig a very wide hole, just twice the lateral size of the pot in ...
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One quarter of the roots of a 50' tall white pine were cut off. Can I save it?

About one quarter of the roots of a 50 foot tall white pine were cut off at the drip line, all on the same side. Can I save this tree?
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Would a rooting compound or hormone speed-up the rate at which sod roots in or improve the quality fo those roots?

I know that at the moment the sod it laid it needs to be watered till squishy - this would probably wash away any additive. But over the subsequent days a solution of either commercial or home-made ...
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How can I save an insect-damaged Gardenia?

It is a Gardenia. Insects infested the soil so I added diatomaceous earth to it, but maybe I was too late. The plant continued dying, so I pulled it out and set it in a bath filled with water to which ...
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Is the size of a conifer tree's root system proportional to the size of the tree

Is the size of a conifer tree's root system proportional to the size of the tree? By the same token will limiting tree size also have an effect on root system size?
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help! I broke my mango seedling's root

Ok, so my cousins had come over.sweet kids of 8 and 9. I was just showing them around my garden.And earlier in the day, we had some mangoes, and I had showed them how to take the seed out of the tough ...
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Will the roots of my Columnar Yew Tree damage a foundation that's only three feet away?

I have a columnar Yew which currently is about 18 - 20 feet tall with a spread of about 6 feet. What is the root system like for these trees and what effect will/can it have on the foundations of the ...
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Roots growing out the top of plant, last attempt?

Some of my coworkers found a mismanaged plant and gave it to me to rescue. It was very dry and upon further inspection roots had grown over a small plastic pot, completely covering it. Then someone ...
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Can you grow Baby's Breath very close to each other?

I was sprinkling some Baby's Breath (Gypsophila elegans) seeds on a planter and I was wondering if it's possible to grow all of them together even though they're very close instead of having to play a ...
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How to deal with very packed Spathiphyllum roots when repotting? [duplicate]

I have a bad case of Spathiphyllum abuse... I knew it was due for repotting, but I didn't think it was that bad. I need advice as to what to do with the roots. Should I just try to separate them a ...
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Could the roots from an apple tree 10m away from my house be causing structural problems?

I have a fairly large apple tree in my garden approximately 10m from my house. It stands about 8m high. I have started getting cracks in my back 2 rooms and patio. is it likely to be the roots and ...
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Separating plants with entwined roots

Let's pretend that I, hypothetically, planted a couple of seedlings in a fairly small pot and waited too long with transplanting them to a larger one so that their roots were now completely entwined. ...
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How should I remove long grasses/roots to prepare a fresh bed?

I am currently attempting to remove a bunch of dead grass in a roughly 5'x5' plot. When the grass fully grows sometime in early-to-mid summer, they are like very small, long-grassed shrubs, sort of ...
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Why should I prune roots of bare root blackberries before planting?

I bought some bare root blackberries from a reputable nursery and in the instructions they said to "prune roots 1/2" to 1" with sharp pruning shears" before planting. What purpose does this serve?
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How long does it take for plant roots to break down?

After a plant is removed/dies, how long does it take for the roots to break down if left in the soil? Do they eventually provide viable nutrients? In my mind I am mostly considering harvestable ...
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Is it bad practice to leave dead roots in soil?

Is leaving them in there better or worse than taking them out? What about for indoor vs outdoor? Is it okay to leave roots in a pot you plan to re-use soil for? In my mind I am mostly considering ...
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Have I damaged my apple tree by cutting off a root?

I have just had an asbestos garage removed, and am having a shed put up in its place. The concrete base to the garage was cracked right through by my apple tree roots, the concrete has been removed ...
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What are the practical differences between cucurbits grown from seed and cuttings?

What are the practical differences between cucumbers grown from seed and cucumbers of the same maturity level and equivalent root maturity from cuttings? Is there a significant difference between ...
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Are bird's nest ferns deeply rooted?

We have a nice good-size bird's nest fern in the garden, inherited from the previous occupants. The problem is that there is a lime tree growing in the middle of the fern, and both the lime tree and ...
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Is it possible to grow grapevines from root cuttings?

I know that grapevines can be propagated using hardwood cuttings, softwood cuttings, and even single buds with the right equipment. I was wondering if I could do the same using root cuttings in order ...
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Can I allow a pine tree to share root space with a group of birch trees? If not, which should I cut down?

I have a group of birch trees, with a pine growing in the midst of them, in my front yard. My friend is telling me the pine must be cut down to save the birches. I see her concern, however: I think ...
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How to completely rid my potting soil/container of fungi which seems to continually attack my plants

So, after so many dead plant and ruts, I have come to realize that for some reason, my plants seem to contract some fungal issue most every week. I am not exactly sure why but I have had to pluck up ...
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How do you get rid of root flies organically?

Now that it is warming up in Sydney, I have noticed some tiny flies in the soil of my pots. I think they are root flies. They seem attracted to the pots containing rhizomes the most[1][2]. These pots ...
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What to do against my Catalpa rooting in the neighbour's garden?

I have a Catalpa tree in the center of my yard. Today the neighbor showed me it's roots are showing in his (vegetable) garden. He went looking for it after noticing that his crops were smaller at ...
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Does a Japanese maple require special care when a post-hole is dug in the root system?

I need to put a post down to support a carport. The post would be embedded in a concrete block approx. 60cm x 60cm. This is 3 metres from the trunk of a Japanese Maple about 5 metres tall. Is there a ...
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What's the difference between corms, bulbs, and tubers?

Some plants, such as tulips, daffodils, and onions, grow from bulbs. Others, such as crocosmia, gladiolus, and taro, grow from corms. And then there are tuberous plants, such as potatoes, dahlias, and ...
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Will rhizomes that have been in the fridge still grow?

I have some galangal, ginger and turmeric that have been sitting in the fridge. Is it still possible to get them to grow, and if so, how? Update: I tried ginger, tumeric and galangal. Initially I ...
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Should I remove old rotten tree roots or leave them in place when I regrade my yard?

We just demolished an old shed (we recently bought the house) and we found old rotten tree roots hidden under this shed. (it is the main root and its ramifications) What should I do with it? My ...
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How do you block tree roots from affecting your garden?

What is the best way to stop my pear tree roots from invading and sucking the life out of my flower bed that is planted under it?
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What is a safe proximity for a Boxwood hedge to a paver walkway?

Background I am designing a screen of narrow shrubs for a space between a sunken stairwell and an existing paver walkway. The width of the area in question is 2.5' with a desired plant height of 5'. ...
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Are the roots of cherry trees dangerous to house foundations?

We have a fruiting cherry tree which is 18 months old. It's planted quite close to the house. Are the roots dangerous to the property?
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How should I stabilize a tree with a malformed root ball?

I recently purchased a tree from a local nursery. It was originally in a 15-20 gal pot. The trunk of the tree was not centered in the pot. Instead its was an inch or two away from the edge. As a ...
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Broken aloe plant [duplicate]

My aloe plant broke off from its root in the pot. It lookd healthy and I have it sitting in water at the monent. Will it get a new root started in the water, or it is best to try repotting?