Questions tagged [roots]

Plant organ that is typically below ground.

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How do I prune the roots of a rootbound plant?

This answer talks about pruning the roots of a plant when it has become rootbound. How easy is it and how do you go about it?
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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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How far will pine tree roots spread?

I have a very tall pine tree in front of my house. I am about to start work digging up my downstairs floor and re-doing it. I'm just wandering if before I start I should look further into the roots of ...
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Will removing the above-ground roots of an oak tree compromise its safety?

I have a large oak tree with above ground roots that grow towards my house and the other way. Will removing the roots endanger the safety of the tree in case of heavy storms. Part of the tree ...
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How far (on average) do tree roots extend out from the base of the tree?

I a looking to plot out my new garden site for next year and am wondering how far I need to be away from some nearby trees. The trees are a few different types (apple, oak, pine etc.) and anywhere ...
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Should I remove the tree roots coming from the neighbouring garden?

When I was digging out* a patch to grow veggies earlier in the spring I found big roots in the soil unconnected to anything in our garden. It looks like they're coming from some kind of palm trees ...
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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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What's a good plan for fast and inexpensive apple tree propagation?

I'm looking for a fast way to propagate my M9 apple trees. Could you tell my if my plan is feasible? Are there any improvements to it? January 2016: Buy a M9 apple rootstock Cut all the branches off ...
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Does my Sago Palm have root rot?

My Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta) has weird-looking clumps in its roots. Is it a Phytophthora root rot infection? If not, what is it?
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What are the practical differences between cucurbits grown from seed and cuttings?

What are the practical differences between cucumbers grown from seed and cucumbers of the same maturity level and equivalent root maturity from cuttings? Is there a significant difference between ...
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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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Saving sun-scorched succulents

I recently moved several small potted succulents from partial shade to full sun, which proved catastrophic for many of them. Specific genera among the casualties: Echeveria / Graptopetalum Faucaria ...
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Will shaving the top of a Red Maple's roots hurt the tree?

We have a large Red Maple tree in a large back yard. The roots have pushed up the concrete on a walkway. I have a friend who wants to practice concrete work for his university class and is willing to ...
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What's the difference between corms, bulbs, and tubers?

Some plants, such as tulips, daffodils, and onions, grow from bulbs. Others, such as crocosmia, gladiolus, and taro, grow from corms. And then there are tuberous plants, such as potatoes, dahlias, and ...
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help! I broke my mango seedling's root

Ok, so my cousins had come over.sweet kids of 8 and 9. I was just showing them around my garden.And earlier in the day, we had some mangoes, and I had showed them how to take the seed out of the tough ...
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What are the green shoots coming out from under my tree?

I just moved into my first house, :) and I have two big bushy trees in the front yard. (I'm unsure of the identification for them. Anyone know?) At one time it looks like they were lanscaped, but ...
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How do you get rid of root flies organically?

Now that it is warming up in Sydney, I have noticed some tiny flies in the soil of my pots. I think they are root flies. They seem attracted to the pots containing rhizomes the most[1][2]. These pots ...
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Why are my vegetable plants in my hydroponic system dying?

I am growing peppers in my hydroponic system. I transplanted tomatoes & peppers three weeks ago. For the first two weeks the plants were growing well, but since the third week some of the plants ...
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How should I stabilize a tree with a malformed root ball?

I recently purchased a tree from a local nursery. It was originally in a 15-20 gal pot. The trunk of the tree was not centered in the pot. Instead its was an inch or two away from the edge. As a ...
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Can I allow a pine tree to share root space with a group of birch trees? If not, which should I cut down?

I have a group of birch trees, with a pine growing in the midst of them, in my front yard. My friend is telling me the pine must be cut down to save the birches. I see her concern, however: I think ...
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Are these roots healthy or bad?

Related: Tiny Yellow spots on Dracaena Reflexa Pleomele. What I am doing wrong? I am having trouble taking this plant out to examine the roots. I have used some technique to take it out but it is not ...
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Separating plants with entwined roots

Let's pretend that I, hypothetically, planted a couple of seedlings in a fairly small pot and waited too long with transplanting them to a larger one so that their roots were now completely entwined. ...
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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 ...