Pot bound plants

Noel Fitzpatrick asked 13 years ago

On recent TV programmes I have seen container grown plants being put directly into the soil without teasing out the roots.I always like to tease out the roots a bit to avoid pot bound plants not growing well.What do you suggest? PS: Thanks for a great web site. NF.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
Teasing out roots from the root ball of pot-grown plants has little or no value for most kinds of plant.

However, it is very important for conifers which tend to have warp-around roots that eventually strangle  themsleves and cause instability in the tree. This can happen with other plants too but less often.

It is not worth teasing out most flowers and shrubs but may be worthwhile with trees, especially conifers. Teasing out roots can cause some damage itself.