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I want to grow a honeysuckle up this post. Will it be able to grow fine or will the concrete supporting the pole cause problems for the roots? I ask cause we made the mistake of digging the post holes too big. It's a foot long from all ends of the post where as it should have been only 6 inches wide. enter image description here

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  • it depends is it really sunny or very wet? Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 17:28
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    Always sunny during summers but we get alot of rain in winters. Regardless, the area is going to get wet anyways since I'll be watering the climber. Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 18:02
  • the reason is if the concrete gets too hot it would damage the roots and if its constantly wet it would also damage the roots Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 19:03
  • also the ph of the soil might be changed if the water or roots are running of the concrete but the temperature would do the fastest damage Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 19:09
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    Wouldn't the roots change direction else where once they come in contact with the concrete or is that the end of the line for them meaning that they will stop growing further from that point onwards? Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 20:47

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Concrete tends to cause soil to become base over time (as opposed to acid). This will act like a mild form of adding a lime soil additive. Concrete is chemically the same as limestone (limestone and the cement in concrete are both calcium carbonate). In fact, burying small broken chunks of concrete acts as a poor man's way of lowering PH in your soil.

Honeysuckle prefers a PH of 6.1 to 6.5, (a slightly base PH) but will also grow outside that range. If you plant something else that likes a more acidic PH, or your soil is very alkaloid (like some desert areas) you might want to use an additive such as compost to make your soil more acid to counteract the concrete effect.

Other than changing the acidity of your soil, the only other impact will be that the roots of plants will react to concrete as a rock; that concrete will not be friendly to new root penetration as the plant grows.

If the concrete has just been poured, it will give off carbon dioxide as it sets up (goes from runny to hard) which takes from hours to multiple days, depending on the specific variety of concrete. This CO2 emission will end once the concrete has hardened but should not affect your plant unless you pour the wet concrete directly on the root-ball (don't do this).

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  • "burying small broken chunks of concrete acts as a poor man's way of lowering PH in your soil." lowering or increasing?
    – Vorac
    Commented Dec 10, 2021 at 5:16
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the plant should be fine as long as the concrete does not over heat in the hight of summer.

it would probably aid the plant in terms of oxygen released passed the roots (concrete releases oxygen when wet from dry)

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