Root Color

esox07May 13, 2011

What would be the expected color of the roots on a healthy plant that you are transplanting to a bigger pot or outside? This would be for a fairly mature plant that has already started putting out blooms several weeks ago.

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mostly white-ish is what I would expect, with some of the older ones maybe being a little woody/brown. If everything is dark red/brown/black that's not good.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 9:37AM
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Thanks tsheets:

OK good. When I transplanted a few of mine a couple days ago, the roots were whitish. But I was surfing the net and I saw something about whitish roots being a sign of a problem so it had me a bit worried. But as far as I remember, mine have always had whitish roots when i transplanted anything.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 10:53AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Tsheets is correct.
Healthy, juvenile roots are pure white, and older roots may be a bit tan.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 12:40PM
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Thanks Tsheets and Josh, I appreciate you guys putting my fears to rest.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 3:51PM
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cmpman1974(Zone 6 MI)

Yes, white or tan is correct.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 6:32PM
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