UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

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Inspect Roots When Planting

Tip description

If you’re adding plants to your garden this spring, check the roots before putting them into the ground. Two things are particularly important. First, look for circling roots, which can eventually strangle the plant. Straighten them out as much as possible and consider pruning them if they’re too big to spread. Second, note where the roots start growing and plant at that depth, or slightly higher to allow for some settling. If planted too deeply, plant roots cannot get enough oxygen to grow and may suffocate and die. Planting too shallow can result in root damage from exposure and excessive drying.

More Information: Fix Those Roots Before You Plant

Months applicable
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October
  • November
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