Questions tagged [roots]

Plant organ that is typically below ground.

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Do roots develop where there is room?

I was wondering if I were to plant a seedling in one end of a rectangular container, as pictured below, would it affect root development, or would the plant develop roots where there is space?
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Washing roots to make sure it has no hidden insects?

My red pepper plant isn't doing too great, so I decided to check the soil and it had dark red worms. I took it out of the pot, and removed all the soil from the roots with a water hose (or so I ...
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Why are my smooth sumac root cuttings not growing?

I have four smooth sumac root cuttings. One has sprouted leafy growth and is growing vigorously but the other three have done nothing. There are several variables between the one that sprouted and the ...
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Which pot culture is most effective for harvesting Agave pups?

I don't own a field in which Agaves have a free root-run and have pups emerging straight-up at a distance. Much like the case of the plant in this video https://youtu.be/_ERrIfqyEVo most pups never ...
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unwanted small. dense roots

I have a very small garden that needs soil improvement. I started turning over the soil and found it loaded with small clumpy roots, perhaps from adjacent ground cover. How can I kill these roots and ...
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Are white stuff on avocado root a disease?

Are this white stuff in the avocado roots any illness of the plant? Should I do anything about it?
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Neon Pothos slowly rotting

So I’ve got this neon Pothos around five weeks ago and since then the leaves are slowly turning yellow and rotting at the bottom. and I really don’t know what to do bc I read that it can be under ...
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Mexican Lime tree planted too deep, trying to address the issue early

This lime tree was planted about 2-3 years ago, and isn't growing as fast as we thought it would. Maybe the tree just grows slow? I'm not sure. Recently I dug down to see where the root system started ...
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Transplanting Alocasia Odora Elephant Ears

Alocasia Odora elephant ears can form giant log/snake-like stems (link kindly provided by Colin Beckingham, thanks M8), often fallen over due to gravity. Does anyone have experience with Alocasia ...
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Rooting store bought table grape bunches

In the past few weeks some of my local grocery stores have been receiving an influx of table grapes. I have found a few varieties that have some exceptionally great flavor. Black Corinth, red grapes, ...
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Shaving 2 inches off the top of a 12 inch thick tree root for 3 feet

Syzygium australis tree root across pathway, is it possible to shave down 2 inches for approx 3 feet (the width of the path) along the root and seal it with something to avoid stressing the tree. I am ...
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Tall tulip very close to concrete slab

I have a very tall tulip tree abt 18” from my family room and patio’s concrete slab. So far so good. Do I have to worry? I’ve been told that Tulip’s put down a large deep central root and there doesn’...
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Will cutting away root(s) of a tree growing under my basement floor kill it?

The tree looks like a Norway Maple to me, though that hasn't been verified. The small section of the root I found (there may be others close by) varies from 2-4 inches wide. While I'm not certain it's ...
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Should roots of old herbs be removed?

When I recently replaced an herb (by a different kind of herb) in a pot that didn't grow sufficiently anymore, I found that quite a large portion of the soil was held tightly by the many small roots ...
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I repotted my dracaena marginata in an oversized pot. Now that I know this is incorrect, should I repot it again to a smaller pot?

I have a dracaena that was seriously rootbound in a 10-12 inch container. (That's the approximate size; I can't remember it exactly now). In March of this year, I untangled its roots and repotted it ...
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Does cardboard suffocate plant roots?

I decided I need a community garden plot this year, and since I do a cardboard cover barrier will plant roots be able to survive under the cardboard, or are they going to suffocate due to a lack of ...
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Murraya koenigii (Curry leaf plant) root system

I am planning to grow Curry leaf plant in my balcony space using a pot.I would like to know what kind of root system this plant has. I mean to ask is it straight deep inside soil or more branched one? ...
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how to seperate corn at root

I have a question about corn, im a first time grower and I made the mistake of putting my baby corn together in one pot thinking only for a moment. well life happened and they had to sit for a week in ...
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How to grow purple yam from the grocery store?

I bought some purple yam from the Asian supermarket. I think they are true yams because there's laws for correct labeling of yam versus sweet potatoes. Cut open one end to show you the purple flesh ...
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Is it ok to cut surface roots of trees?

I have some large trees in my yard with surface roots. In some cases the roots are not a problem, but in others they create a trip hazard and make mowing problematic so I am considering cutting them ...
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What depth is required for a raised bed vegetable in Southern California?

I am planning a raised bed vegetable garden for my Southern California backyard. my current design was going to use 3'x6' cedar boxes, 7-1/4 inches high, until I read that that this shallow dirt would ...
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Plant evodia close to the house?

Is it wise to plant an evodia (Tetradium daniellii) close to the house. The house has only one level (story). I like the shape of an adult evodia, and would like to have it as a bee attractor (their ...
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White fuzzy balls on jade plant roots

My jade plant has these white fuzzy balls forming on its roots. Not sure if this is some type of mould or insect eggs? I don't currently use any pesticides on my succulent... can anyone recommend how ...
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Urgent treatment for Echeverias, in mid-winter

My E. Purpusorum has begun to shrivel its bottom leaves and just by touching the plant it came-off. The roots seem to have died, but I still have a chance to root the stem. This species seems ...
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Rule of spacing between roses and vines

For example, If the normal spacing between grape vines is 8 feet, then does that mean that a hybrid tea rose with the recommended spacing of 3 feet would also have to spaced 8 feet away from the ...
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Should I cut off roots that grow out from a pot's drain?

I have a Ficus lyrata whose roots have grown out of the 25cm pot's drain hole. They form a dish shape within the pot's dish. Is it wise to cut these roots so that the pot can sit level again, or is it ...
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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 ...