When I dug up a young apple tree to move it to a sunnier location, I noticed some sort of white material on the roots. Is this cause for concern?

  • I've seen quite a few white thing on apple tree roots - some damaging, some neutral. can you post a picture?
    – J. Musser
    Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 22:01
  • Unfortunately, I replanted it. Hopefully it is mycorrhiza
    – Nancy
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 15:53

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If the tree is perfectly healthy and is growing well, the mycorrhiza is most likely beneficial. It might mean the soil was a bit dry - this seems to make the mycorrhiza more visible, but in the main, mycorrhiza is usually present and there is a beneficial synergistic exchange between the plant and the fungi.


Maybe it's mycorrhiza? If so... No.

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