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I've only seen this practice a few times in plants sold through the big-box stores. I believe they glue the gravel together so it doesn't fall out of the pot during shipping. The gravel is meant to keep the leaves off of the soil, and also to be decorative. Glued as it is, it offers no benefit to the plant at all and should be removed if you can. Sometimes ...


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I did that with beets and carrots a few years back. What happens is the vegetables start competing for space underground and end up either being smaller in size or malformed. I would suggest gently taking out 7-8 of these and transplanting them. Of course, it would all depend on where they are in their maturity cycle



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