Questions tagged [roots]

Plant organ that is typically below ground. Use this tag with questions about roots in general. How to prune, diagnose issues, encourage better root growth, etc..

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How much sunlight for rooting grocery store mint?

I am planning to root some grocery store edible field mint (with most leaves removed and bottom and top cut) in 3 and 4 inch plastic pots. My question is, is keeping them in 2 hours of direct sunlight ...
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What happens if you don't split rhubarb?

I have a friend that has a rhubarb plant that was in the same place for at least 13 years, and she wants me to split it for her (because she's blind). What am I expecting from such an old plant, ...
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Is this a girdling root and should it be removed

See below images for what appears to be a girdling root that might eventually start choking off a main root. Before I remove it I wanted to get some thoughts. Any input is much appreciated!
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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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Damaged peach tree is growing branches near bottom

I bought a young peach tree two years ago and planted it. The week after planting we had a windstorm and a nearby tree fell on it. The main stem appeared to be dead but the next year it had a couple ...
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Dog keeps breaking nails on exposed tree roots

My dog has short nails so them being long aren't the issue but we have a very large tree in our backyard and have exposed roots in most of the yard that she keeps breaking her back paw nails on from ...
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How to encourage my Alocasia xAmazonica to make new offsets?

My Alocasia xAmazonica has gone through its second winter and is expected to break dormancy soon. It has got many new leaves throughout latest growth season, but at the moment just three remained. I ...
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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 isn't my Basil cutting rooting?

So, 3 days ago I took a cutting from the main stem of my basil plant and replanted it into a cocopeat puck that is placed into some water, a makeshift hydroponic setup. I am making use of filtered, RO ...
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Apple Trees: Grafting multiple scions to new rootstock

I've gotten bitten by the apple grafting bug, and after some initial successes have placed an order for around 20 scions or different varieties, and around 15 MM102 rootstocks (thickness unknown, the ...
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Removing dying stem of howea forsteriana

I purchased this Kentia Palm about 3 months ago now and since then one of the stems (back right in image) has been dying off. It does not seem to be the watering as the other stems are healthy, and if ...
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Growth rate of strangler aerial roots in sub-tropics

In sub-tropical climate, like in Roatán, Honduras, how fast do aerial roots of young strangler figs grow? Ludwig et al. mention in their article Living bridges using aerial roots of ficus elastica – ...
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Meyer Lemon Tree Health Issues Help

I am a new Meyer Lemon tree owner. My trees' leaves have gradually yellowed, and started dropping. I thought they were under-watered, so I started watering more regularly, but that doesn't appear to ...
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Can I trim the roots of a root bound plant?

I have a large bird of paradise in a 12" pot. I recently found that the plant is just about root bound, and ideally should be moved to a larger pot. However, I don't know if I have space to ...
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Grey stem on Butterfly Palm

I'm a new plant mum and my butterfly palm doesn't seem to be too happy! I've got a grey growth on one of the main stems and it appears at the roots too - any advice what to do? I don't over water it (...
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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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How do I transplant my English lavender that grew very close to each other

Is it too late to transplant my english lavender? I started them from seed in April, and didn't expect the ones that are gonna survive are the ones that are beside each other. So I am concerned that ...
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Privet (?) stump removal

I am attempting to remove what I believe to be a small privet tree. It is planted in a raised bed and has been here for several years. I cut the main trunk off a couple of years ago, but it has since ...
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Can a newly sprouted avocado pit survive despite dehydration?

This may be a weird question, but maybe somebody has any advice. I had success with growing an avocado plant by suspending an avocado pit in water. The roots started growing about 2 weeks ago - after ...
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Can you "feed" an avocado plant with avocado pits?

I have grown an avocado plant using the infamous toothpick method, i.e. suspending an avocado pit in water using toothpicks. Since the avocado pit contains the necessary nutrients, I left it in water ...
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Why do plants root when placed in water, but die in standing water

A lot of plants need well drained soil. They're said to not like getting their feet wet. The explanation given is that the roots need oxygen; they will rot and die if they're in standing water for too ...
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What's the safest (rot-proof) way to transplant a Sansevieria cutting?

Sansevierias are easy to grow and propagate. I would say that their only downside is being prone to rot upon re-rooting as cuttings. I often take a cutting from one of the offshoots. The norm is to ...
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Ficus Nitida, Roots

In 2015 my neighbor planted a privacy screen using Ficus Nitida. When planted they ranged in size from 5-6' to probably 15'. The smallest ones are at least 20' high now. I expressed my concerns ...
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Planting in soil filled with ivy roots

I want to place some plants in the borders of my terrace garden. The house has a large amount of ivy running up the side of the terrace. When tilling the soil, I've discovered that it's completely ...
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Someone please help identify these two pictures

Hi everyone so I just started becoming more then obsessed with my lawn after 8 years of HO. I’ve always been obsessed with any lawn but could never get the lawn I wanted. So now I’ve Been on a mission ...
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New plant came with a stowaway palm, how do I tease them apart?

I bought a strelitzia nicolai and it came with a surprise stowaway palm growing in the pot. I'm not one to complain, but I think I should tease them apart before they grow to suffocate each other. I ...
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When spraying off marsh mallow root, is the outer skin supposed to fall right off when washed?

After digging Marsh mallow I was spraying it off, and noticed the skin came right off. is this normal for a healthy root?
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Avocado roots growing in the wrong direction

My roots are growing from all sides, including the roots wrapping around to the top. I left town, they where in a napkin. What may I do to help them grow, or did I mess up? Both sides are growing ...
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Tiny black and white insects under every pot

In my small garden, I used to have a lot of garden ants living under the pots. With these ants, there used to live black, and some white insects. They (ants and those insects) live under every pot. ...
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Bare rooted trees vs potted

I need to understand the pros and cons of bare rooted vs potted. For example: If I get dormant bare rooted trees vs dormant potted, would I get "lag" in tree growth when I pot it and wakes ...
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Money plant (Crassula Ovata) growing roots on its branches

Early this year the 8+ year old money plant was getting a bit sad and branches kept falling off. I repotted into a larger pot with fresh compost around the existing roots. I also turned it around so ...
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Are cherry tree roots causing my patio to subside

Next door have a 30 foot high cherry tree which is about 10 feet away from my fence. The branches overhang my garden. Could this be the reason for my patio, which is underneath the overhanging ...
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I don't know why my calathea makoyana is dying

I was only traveling for 5 days, when I came back Calathea leaves were curled. I thought it was because of the hot weather, I watered it, but it did not improve. When I thought that there might be a ...
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Monstera root coming out of pot hole after being sick

edit: I've only touched the root and it seems to be already a bit rotten, so I just pulled it out, hope for good! So I have this Monstera plant that after some time of not growing I took out of it's ...
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How should I plant this Camelia with an odd root structure?

I bought this Camelia a while back, probably should have picked a better specimen, but anyways, notice the odd root structure: Should I plant this with this top part buried? Or leave it exposed ...
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Planted coriander roots which grew well for a week & now started dying

I have planted a dozen coriander roots last weekend. They grew out from the soil, nice and green for the 1st few days. But a week later they have now stopped growing. They seem to be dying honestly. I ...
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How long can celery grow from water alone?

I bought some celery and placed the small remaining stalk in a glass of water. It's been growing pretty decently but still has no roots. Still mostly green maybe a tiny bit a yellow on a couple leaves....
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What plants won't do well in 12 inch raised bed

I built a 12 inch raised garden bed with weed tarp at the bottom. (See also Raised garden in flood zone) I put the weed tarp in to prevent grass and other weeds from coming up from the ground. This ...
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How to pull apart root ball that grew around a sprinkler valve?

Just bought a new house, and after a great deal of searching I finally found one of the sprinkler valves (manual) to the sprinklers I keep seeing around the yard. When I opened it up, I saw a very ...
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Palm leaves turning brown

I have two indoor palm plants plant 1 : I water it adequately and keep it inside room with adequate bright light not direct sunlight, but the leaves are turning yellow and some places I see rusting ...
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How fast does marsh mallow roots grow?

I've been growing marsh mallow in the garden for about 3 years now, and I'm wondering how fast the roots tend to grow (with as mush water as they need) so I can consider digging the root, or not.
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Does new green growth suggest root growth?

Zone 8, USA I planted six Oakleaf Holly bushes in November 2020. They were container grown and unfortunately very pot-bound. I performed some serious root pruning before planting into the earth. (This ...
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Weird things found in Alocasia plant soil

Today I wanted to change the soil in my Alocasia plant, but I found these things in the soil, around the roots. They weren't attachments, they where just laying in the soil. I bought in in an IKEA ...
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If you strip the outside of a rhubarb root off will it still grow?

I gave some rhubarb roots a nice overnight drink to help them with transplant, and noticed on a root that I tried to break by hand it actually stripped the outer root on a rhubarb plant to reveal all ...
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What is this white mold growing in my germinating avocado roots?

It forms white textured bumps near the top of the root, underwater: This also happened to a previous avocado seed I started, and when the plant died after about 12 months, I dug up the roots, and ...
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Tulista Vs. Haworthia cultivation: What did I miss?

Edit: Tulistas have been much harder to cultivate than Haworthias, even though I think they live in similar environments (If I'm not wrong), so why is it difficult for me to grow them? In what way ...
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Are the roots of cherry trees dangerous to house foundations?

We have a fruiting cherry tree which is 18 months old. It's planted quite close to the house. Are the roots dangerous to the property?
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When rooting cuttings in water, should the water be exchanged regularly?

When my mom roots cuttings in water, she always insist that the water in the glass / jam jar / other container should not be exchanged, only topped up as needed. She even will place newer cuttings in ...
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Is this the right way to plant mint cuttings?

The tip leaves are touching the potting mix. Will this cause rot? Should I remove the tips? I had removed the tips the last time I grew these grocery store cuttings. The potting mix is fresh and ...
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Fruit tree species with root system that help stabilizing earth and stop erosion?

Which species of fruit trees (or some other productive species, like nuts, berries, eathables ... can also help with its root system in stabilizing the earth, binding water and thus protect against ...

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