Can rhizomes serve as roots for the mother plant?

treeguy123(AL 7b)August 10, 2010

Just part of a possible future experiment, I was wondering if you covered a plants rhizomes with something like weed cloth and rocks, would the rhizomes continue to live and serve as long roots to carry water and nutrients to the mother plant OR would the rhizomes eventually die off from lack of sunlight and the inability to send up new leaf shoots or pup plants?

Basically I was mainly wondering if the rhizomes can act as extra roots to carry water and nutrients to the mother plant? (the rhizomes would be completely blocked off from suckering or pupping new baby plants by covering the rhizomes with porous cloth and rocks as well).

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lycopus(z5 NY)

If the rhizomes have roots on them they should since the vascular systems are connected. The degree to which this occurs would probably decrease with distance from the mother plant as friction and gravity act against transpirational pull.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 10:20AM
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treeguy123(AL 7b)

Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 5:31AM
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