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:simple root system drawing

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No. Most conifers, once cut down, will die, so if you removed all the trunk and topgrowth, the rootball on its own is the equivalent of incipient compost. Or doomed, dead, extinct, basically, not going to grow again.

  • What about the bottom growth? Commented May 29, 2016 at 22:14
  • What bottom growth, you only mentioned a ball of roots? You'd better post a photo
    – Bamboo
    Commented May 29, 2016 at 22:26
  • rip a ball of roots off with your hand from the bottom of the plant. You now have a ball of roots, can you plant that ball for a new plant? Commented May 29, 2016 at 22:45
  • In that case, I refer you to my answer above, because that's what I thought you meant in the first place.
    – Bamboo
    Commented May 29, 2016 at 23:13
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    You can't split a conifer, nor most woody based plants like shrubs. You need to take cuttings
    – Bamboo
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 11:31

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