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Very superficial roots in large planter boxes

At the start of this year I bought some large wooden planter boxes (lined on the inside with root cloth), filled them up with generic purpose potting soil and got to planting some homegrown vegetables....
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How far should a mulberry tree be from my house's foundation?

I have a 17 year old huge mulberry tree in my backyard, about 29 ft from the house. Also it's close to the backyard drainage. Is that OK or could it harm the house foundation?
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Curing avocado root rot

I have two 2 years old avocados. Sadly, they weren't feeling well last few months: leaves started to drop and side branches started eventually to dry out. After massive googling a root rot due to ...
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Cherry Tomato plants, withering, yellowing leaves, white powdery on root

The plant is yellowing, and pull out the root to find the white powdering thing... Anyone know what is this? how to prevent?
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Unidentified euphorbia turning yellow, how can i rescue it?

This is my first post and I have been looking on several forums where I can discuss plant queries. I have a couple of questions regarding a euphorbia cactus so please bear with me. I recently ...
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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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Invasive Green Shoots and Tubers

I have these really annoying green shoots coming up all over my backyard and they all connect to bigger roots below the ground. Also, whenever I dig to put in a new plant I’m finding these ovular-...
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Should I expect multiple weeks of tree shock if I plant bare root?

Linda Chalker Scott (The Informed Gardener, and "The Great Courses" teacher for The Science of Gardening) suggests clearing off as much of the material from the roots of a tree before ...
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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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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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Propagating Yucca Aloifolia (Spanish Bayonet/Aloe Yucca) from root cuttings?

I've had success propagating by taking a cutting of the top of the plant and sticking in the ground. But often what happens is the leaves die and a new shoot sprouts from the root. These are tough ...
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what kind of tree is this in central Florida?

Tree with dark green leaves on the right, not the pine on the left. in very sandy soil. wondering if will be difficult to transplant? does it have thorns? deep hard roots? What time of year good time ...
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Eastern White Pine root damage

My White pine (about 100 ft tall with a diameter of 2 ft) has had root damage. 12' away from the base of the trunk a one foot deep trench on the west side was dug to bury an electrical line. The ...
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Cedar tree roots close to house

I have 2 cedar trees that have roots approx 3" in diameter that are located close to the top of the basement (concrete foundation) of my house. The diameter of the trees are about 24" at the base and ...
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Is this palm tree at risk of falling over?

Photos: https://imgur.com/a/1LM43Ox It looks like it has grown around its container. Does anything need to be done about this? It is pretty close to the house. Thanks.
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Monstera health check (rootbound?)

my girlfriend is not so internet savvy so I am posting for her here in the hopes of some advice. She has a plant (a monstera) that she is wondering whether might be rootbound. Here is a picture. ...
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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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Are mature store-bought veggie plants like these intended to stay in their pots?

We recently bought some large and mature (already budding) tomato and bell pepper plants from costco. Unfortunately they have 3 to 5-ish plants per pot, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with ...
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Is my pothos too root-bound? — Tiny leaves in new growth

I bought this golden Pothos a year ago and it looks great, healthy and growing well until recently. 5 weeks ago I pruned it for the first time (I am propagating the cuttings in water and those seem ...
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Root barrier suitable for organic vegetable garden

My neighbor has a line of tall arborvitaes next to my vegetable garden and I'm getting invaded by the roots. I think I need to install a root barrier. The products I see are generally reprocessed ...
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Does it kill the tree if I remove its surface roots?

This is my first year in my current house and I have a tree that I don't know its type. I am attaching a picture of this tree. I noticed that its roots are running underneath some of the yard pavers ...
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Tea bag method effectivity

I would like to ask for some of your opinion in using the "tea bag" method (submerging the rhizome part in tea) to rehydrate a shriveled cattleya w/ little to no roots. Maybe some of you could shed a ...
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HELP need to identify what's growing

So my veg bed was covered for the winter. After uncovering it I noticed some strange white vine type root stuff poking out. After digging a bit it transpires that these things have grown all over the ...
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Black mold on top of soil

2 days after pulling hydroperoxide around the stem of a plant to possibly kill root rot dark black mole looking substance formed around the area where the powder peroxide was poured what is that
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Lowering grade under Norway Spruce- will it be an issue?

We just bought a house with an overgrown back yard. It's a small urban plot- 30' x 15' and there's a 80' Norway Spruce in the back corner. The former owners had some sort of sandy arbor in the back ...
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Will airpruned trees regrow their taproot?

If I grow a strongly tap-rooted tree (such as a pecan) in an air prune bed, will the tree grow a tap root when planted out?
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Orchid root rot

Hi! I would like to ask for some insights on having roots with black/brown spots and roots with a green tip, but the membrane has turned from white to brown. Is this a sign of root rot on my quarter ...
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Is this white root rot on my philodendron?

I got this plant from my mother, who had been keeping it in a pot that doesn't seem to drain. I was digging around to see if there was gravel at the bottom or if I'd need to repot, and discovered this ...
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Gasteria leaf thinning

This is a common problem I encounter. What causes this to happen even if the roots look healthy? It may happen during mid to late summer, at the peak of the summer's heat . Leaves thinning and ...
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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 attactchments, they where just laying in the soil. I bought in in an IKEA ...
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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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