in ground citrus - roots on top

jaybird3316September 7, 2010

I have a couple of large citrus trees that I planted in ground (Pummelo and Grapefruit).

I planted them a little higher than the ground level to ensure good drainage.

One thing I noted was that there are some roots (small ones, an one not so small) that are exposed on top of the ground. I guess as I have watered a bit of the roots has been exposed. Is this a big problem or normal? On the Pummelo its not too bad because the pummelo provides a ton of shade to the roots. However, the marsh grapefruit isn't as shaded and it seems like the roots on top are fairly exposed.

Just not sure this is a problem. The trees seem to be doine fine, but wasn't sure if I was supposed to add dirt, etc. I know you don't mulch on tops of the roots.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

It should be fine, the exposed portion will form bark just like the trunk.

Surface roots are a major part of bonsai.

nebari= Also known as "buttressing", nebari is the visible spread of roots above the growing medium at the base of a bonsai. Nebari help a bonsai seem grounded and well-anchored and make it look mature, akin to a full-sized tree

    Bookmark   September 7, 2010 at 5:10PM
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It is very normal..:-)


    Bookmark   September 7, 2010 at 7:04PM
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Yeah, I definitely wouldn't worry about that. You may see small, slender roots right at the surface, or so close below it that you can expose them with just brushing dirt off with your hand. That's no big deal.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2010 at 7:11PM
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thank you many times over for your kind advice. Learn something new about these citrus trees every day.

I can rest well then.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2010 at 11:08PM
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