Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pulling Up Roots
What appears to work best is treating the pots with a copper hydroxide solution ahead of time. This kills the roots as they touch the pot, so they never start circling. If that is not done first, you may want to remove all the soil from potted plants and cut crooked roots before transplanting. This should work well when the plant is dormant; it is the way most plants are shipped by mail. I'm not so sure how good your results would be for an actively growing plant, however. For those, you may want to use slicing, butterfly pruning, or teasing to get more fibrous root growth.