Have you ever wanted to know how to buy the perfect plant roots for yourself or your garden? If so, then you've come to the right place. I'm sure you've seen them everywhere: those beautiful roses that just seem to spring up right after you've bought them. While there are a lot of factors that go into the success of these plants (we'll get to them in a moment), with a little know-how you can replicate this miracle for yourself, too.
So, how do you identify which plant roots you should be looking at when you're buying seeds and starter plants from the local nursery or your dealer's store? There are a few key parts of a plant's roots that you should be paying close attention to. These are the growing tips, the plant's width, and the length of its stem. Let's take a look at each of these aspects and how you can use them to create a more successful garden.
The first thing you should look at when studying plant roots is the shape of the stem. At the very base of a plant, the main growing tips are called the rhizomes. These are long thin roots that shoot out from the plant's bottom growth. The larger, straighter trunk is called the brachystium.
Once you've defined the shapes of your plant's rhizomes and brachysts, look at how the flowers grow as they grow. A plant's flowers are made of a network of cells. They're also connected to one another by small hairs. Flowering plants have buds or stamens, which are sacs filled with tiny flowers that open up to reveal the colorful roots below. Buds and stamens are actually covered in miniature versions of the plant's own leaves. Each cell has a job to do in the flower's process of growth, and each of them is important to the life of the plant.
Many people are surprised to learn that plant roots actually serve a valuable purpose in the health of the plant. When you water a plant, it takes water from the roots upward into the plant. Without roots to take the water and put it where it belongs, the plant can dry up and die. Plants that are properly cared for will "remember" to water their roots, which helps them to be well-hydrated and remain healthy.
Plants' roots also help keep the plant protected. They've developed ways to protect themselves by storing water and nutrients in their underground roots. Plants store water inside their roots in order to conserve resources when there is not enough air to be had outdoors. Plants with well-developed roots will have more water storage capacity than those without. In fact, certain types of fruit trees have deeper roots than others, allowing them to store more water during seasonal flooding.
While all this is good for the plant, knowing the type of plant you have is an important part of caring for them. Knowing the roots of your favorite plants is a good way to know if you're watering them properly or not. Here are some common plant roots and their growing tips:
For a beautiful blooming flower, the roots of the flower should be able to reach the dirt to break loose and start growing. To make sure the roots don't grow too deep within the soil, make sure you're applying fertilizer as directed on the bag. Apply fertilizer one time every three months, remembering to apply after the last frost.
When you're replanting a tree or shrub, make sure that you're putting the correct amount of " rooting" into the ground. If it's too deep, the plant won't take root and you'll have to replant again. If the soil is too dry, the plant won't receive the necessary nutrients and water to grow. For this same reason, it's important to water your plant only when it is necessary, such as during a drought.
Some plants have small, long roots that go straight down from the top of the plant to the earth. These roots make it easy for them to move around and spread out when they're planted. However, some of these roots are also highly toxic when consumed. Before you dig your plant up, cut the long roots back to only the main stem portion. If you're trying to prevent weeds from growing, this method will prevent the plant from producing any natural defense against pests or disease.
Many gardeners mistakenly water their plant through its leaves. While this may be good for keeping the foliage green, it is detrimental to a plant's roots. The leaves may look healthy because they're full of water, but if the roots are getting most of the water they need, they can dry out and die.