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Questions tagged [roots]

Plant organ that is typically below ground.

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How to save a 4 foot pink Mimosa tree with root damage?

I have a four foot pink Mimosa tree. It has root damage from shipping. I put it in a plant pot with good drainage and have watered the plant. It is winter so the tree is dormant as well.
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Are there methods to grow adventitious roots at an arbitrary point of the stem?

Tomato plants are known to grow adventitious roots. I experienced it myself when a forgotten stem lied on the soil for a while. Now I am curious if there are methods to cultivate such roots, other ...
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Why are my ginkgo leaves turning in and yellowing?

About 3 months ago I put a stone tree ring around my tree. It covered the base of tree with landscaping fabric and then placed plastic drainage pipe over that. I then filled with soil as I wanted to ...
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What extra benefit does air layering provide over just cutting it

What does the air layering technique add to the rooting capabilities over just cutting it off and using rooting hormone. If the air layer stops circulation in cambian layer what does it matter if I ...
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Is it safe to cut or shave the roots of a Norway Maple tree?

My deck was built 30 years age around a Norway Maple. Now it has grown to the point that the roots are lifting parts of the deck. It is safe to cut or shave the roots that are lifting the deck?
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How much damage did I do to my Maple Tree?

I received some bad advice from a neighbor and now I want to know how much damage did I do and also ask for some advice on what I can do to help ensure the tree doesn’t die. I live in NC and have ...
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How much dirt can I put on pine tree roots?

How much dirt can I safely add on top of an established pine tree's roots without harming the tree? I want to add berming for landscape interest around and near the pine, which is 29 years old so ...
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identification of external aerial root in bonsai

I've a four and a half year old ficus bonsai. All of a sudden since yesterday, I spotted this root like structure from the woody stems at the neck of the tree. Can someone identify what is this and ...
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peace lilly is rotting from the heat (possible?)?

I have a long-loved peace Lilly that has recently taken a turn for the worst. Some time ago, SE advised me that the pot it was in did not have appropriate drainage, and saved this very plant. It was ...
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Is this mycelium or does this shefflera has some kind disease on the roots?

I have an indoor shefflera. I noticed that it sometimes get sick so I checked the roots. The roots were practically escaping the pot and I noticed a kind of white film everywhere. What is growing ...
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What to use - seed grown citrus as rootstock?

I have been growing a "clementine tree" from seed for about three years now and decided that I might want to experiment with some grafting onto it. So, I went away to try and went way overboard (as ...
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Are these white things roots?

I have this very unhappy kalanchoe (freedom bells) I was looking to propagate it by getting cuttings fro the stems and then putting putting them in water, but I noticed it was growing these white ...
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Jade Plant Black/Brown Roots: Is it normal?

I have this relatively small jade plant and I was going to repot it, but when I took it out of its original pot the roots were dark brown, the same color as the soil its in. I am used to roots being ...
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Mugho Pine browning

I have a Mugho pine in my front yard this is browning. I've examined it and it appears that dead needles and excess mulch exist, and roots are growing up into the mulch -- a process that I've read is ...
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What can I do to help root-bound cucumber plants?

I planted some cucumber seeds in egg cartons and then repotted the best of them twice in coconut coir pots, first a 3" and then a 4" pot. Some of the seedlings had stopped growing and had to be ...
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Should I repot a newly purchased rubber plant

You can see the roots are above the soil. Should I repot this newly purchased rubber plant, or should I wait a few weeks it should acclimate to my home first.
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What are these tuberous roots?

I bought these at flower show and I can't remember what they are. I also had some freesia and I wondered if these could be Iris.
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Should I worry about breaking roots when compressing wood chips?

I have about a foot thick of wood chips in the rows, and was wondering if I should worry a lot about breaking roots on the plants, or would they grow at a steep enough angle to not really damage the ...
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how long does the root system on Malabar Spinach need to grow before it will show any growth?

I have a red and a green Malabar spinach, and it seems to be waiting to grow, how long will it likely be before i see any real results?
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why is this laurel hedge still dying

This laurel was dying, leaves going brown. Soil a bit dry, watered it loads, a week and a half later still dying. Googled it, some results said probably drought and some said waterlogged roots! So I ...
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Do I need to / How can I separate vegetables grown closely together?

I bought some young vegetables (maybe 5 inches tall), and some of them were grown in tight bunches of four; mainly the okra and beans. They came in small containers with a diameter of about 3 inches. ...
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How to retrofit seed starting trays to prevent root circling

I grow plum trees from pits using seed starting trays: Unfortunately, I have a problem where the roots of the seedlings grow in circles around the bottom of the cavities of the trays. The circling ...
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Exposed roots in a juniperus bonsai, plus probable fungi problem

A friend of mine has a juniperus bonsai similar to this, but it is not doing well recently. I noticed its top roots are now outside of soil, which I find not good, and I am about to suggest my friend ...
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I cut my avocado roots too much

I have a 4year old avocado plant which is about 5 feet tall. Recently I cut the roots in attempt to thicken the stem, but I think I took way to much off and now it doesn't look too well. Stem is ...
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How can i recover an Aloe plant with root rot?

I’ve had an aloe plant for 11 years. It’s always been healthy and a lot of new plants sprouted from the original. So, 2 1/2 weeks ago, I decided to repot them as they were all getting too big to share ...
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If I cut a 3" tree root, and one side drips, which way is the tree?

I'm looking at the middle of a 3" tree root, that's intruded under a slab and along plumbing. How can I determine "which direction to the tree"? I've cut a section out of this root. One end is damp,...
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What should I do about a tree that is growing over my retaining wall?

My house I recently moved back into has a tree in the side yard that has over-grown the small retaining wall after 10+ years. I didn't know this was going on as I was an absentee owner for a while, ...
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Root rot in indoor plants

I often find some of my potted plants have root rot problem. They start dying from below. I was been advised in the past to avoid over watering but even if I maintain that and the soil remains between ...
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If the tree roots must be reduced, is it wise to reduce the crown too?

Let's say a driveway must be dug in the vicinity (but not closer than 1m) of a large tree (in my case it is a Juglans regia, but I would like the question, and possible answers, to be as generic as ...
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Are these growths on my houseplant roots?

I'm not sure of the name of this plant. It doesn't grow too quickly, maybe one or two inches each year. Is the growth in the bottom picture a root? Can I clone this plant from that? (Click on the ...
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Pinus pinea close to the house

How dangerous is to plant Pinus pinea 3m (10ft) from the house? The house has only one floor, so I gather the crown will not interfere with walls and roof. The situation would be similar to the one ...
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Root rot in Pseudotsuga

Friends of mine have a grove of 5 fairly closely spaced Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir) in their front yards which are about 15 years old. They are thinking about girdling the smallest to produce ...
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Effect of old rotting roots on soil and new plants?

I had to cut several trees in my yard for various reasons. What happens with remaining roots of these trees? How do they affect soil and new plants planted in the same area?
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How to move a bare root plant from one place to another?

There is a small plant at my office garden, about 15 cm tall (6 inches), and it has a flower. I live at about 40 min away from my work place. I want to take it home, where I will plant it in a small ...
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Succulent spreading outward, Exposed roots

Please see pics below. I'm assuming (possibly shouldn't assume) that this succulent was in poor light before I brought it home because of all the spreading. What's the proper thing to do with it? I'm ...
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Tree Biology, identify tree by the roots

I have some roots in my pipes under my house. It will change a lot of liability if I could identify which tree the roots are coming from. I was curious if root cells, looked at under a microscope, ...
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Transplanting 7 foot (large ball) Balsam Fir and Black Hills Spruce, worried about transplant shock

Looking to move 11 of these large trees (with 2-3 foot ball) onto our property (partly clay Midwest US soil) and cannot afford to have them die after transplanting. After having many transplanting ...
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Can ficus root growth be controlled trimming the tree?

I have very large ficus growing near a corner of a building. It is very overgrown. My gardener has suggested trimming the tree significantly and says that will significantly reduce the expansion of ...
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Vanderwolf pine root rot

I have a Vanderwolf pine tree, Pinus flexilus 'Vanderwolfs'. About a couple of weeks ago some of the needles started turning brown. Didn't pay too much attention, but then I noticed it was getting ...
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Did I remove enough roots from large area of shrubs and trees to grow lawn?

I have cleared a patch of shrubs and trees. When we pulled the trees and bushes out we managed to pull most of the roots but some were too difficult to remove. I was just leveling the soil out today ...
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What is this white fungus like growth on my mango tree roots?

It has rained constantly for the past week and suddenly today I noticed this very aggressively growing white thing. Can you guys please tell me if this is dangerous for the tree? I have seen mushrooms ...
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Identify possible rooting tree?

Are there any visual signs to identify if something can be rooted? My mother gave me this "branch" off a tree and says that it can be rooted. Do I wait for roots to appear then put it in soil? Do I ...
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Key lime tree: white mush/mold (?) on the roots, and curling whitening leaves

This is a followup to this question, from a couple months ago. I tried yesterday to edit that question to include the followup, but it was not very well-received -- I assume it was not the right thing ...
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What is this small field plant with a tuberous root?

This plant was collected in a field South-Central Europe. Assume the height of the photo is 20cm. These are all small herbaceous plants. The ball next to it is the root. It has small bag-like ...
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Is it possible to transplant irises without the rhizome?

I bought a house and put some raised beds in the yard, on top of what we thought (in very early spring) was just lawn. It turns out there were irises (small purple ones, I don't know the variety) ...
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Do I need to remove all of the small unknown roots from my raised bed?

Last year, I built three raised beds and they were quite successful. But, at the end of the season when I cleaned them out, I noticed small, thin roots growing throughout, which, I assume, are coming ...
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How to maintain these plant roots close to the ground?

I removed lots of things at one spot in my garden but one residue is this bunch of cable-looking roots: I want to keep them because they belong to a plant (located on the far right of the image) that ...
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Is it safe to change the soil completely for mint? And is it bad for the plants that the roots are sticking out?

Change of Soil + Roots: I recently took a gardener's mint plant back home alongside some of its soil in a quite small flower pot. I didn't know that mints grow and spreads VERY fast and it's starting ...
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The age of an Opuntia (prickly pear cactus)

Opuntia, prickly pear cactus, is a hardy plant with a wide range of distribution. Its growth habit is by branching paddles, or nopales. Is there any way to measure or estimate the age of such a ...
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Do soil nutrients travel to the surface?

I've built four additional raised beds for my garden, and put a lot of tree branches and cow manure at the bottom. The problem is, the beds are two feet deep (24" sides, I mean), and I had intended ...