Im­por­tance of root sys­tem in keep­ing plants alive

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - WILL WATER­FORD

Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies A QUES­TION I of­ten get asked is “Why do my plants grow for a bit and then stop grow­ing or die?”

The rea­son plants are able to grow is be­cause of the root sys­tem in the soil.

The roots get their nu­tri­ents and mois­ture from the soil and trans­fer it to the stems and leaves.

This bit is very im­por­tant – in gen­eral the root sys­tem below the ground should be as big as the plant above the ground.

The main rea­son why a plant’s roots don’t grow is it is get­ting all it needs right where it is.

The wa­ter and nu­tri­ents are de­liv­ered right at the top of the soil and it does not need to go any­where to get what it re­quires.

So to make the root sys­tem grow, you need to make it search for its food and wa­ter.

Wa­ter deeply and, de­pend­ing on your plant’s po­si­tion, you should not wa­ter it more than once a week.

Scratch the top of the soil down a few cen­time­tres and if there is still mois­ture there, do not wa­ter it.

I had a tomato plant in a pot I wa­tered less than once a month if it did not rain.

When it was fin­ished, the pot was full with roots.

Food for your plants should be deep in the soil as well, so when plant­ing, add a slow-re­lease fer­tiliser and it will con­tinue to feed your plants for months.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

THRIV­ING: This tomato plant is thriv­ing in a pot.

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