Transplant Damage to Tap Root
In anticipation of going on a vacation for 8 days I have been transplanting, up potting and prepping my fruit trees just in case we don't get the rain expected while I'm away.
I repotted my ~1 yr old Valencia Pride-X-?? seedling into a bigger pot expecting the root ball to come right out when I turned the pot over. I am sick to tell you that even as careful as I thought I was being, the tap root snapped off. The seedling is about about 2 ft tall and going through a major growth flush. This little tree is just an amazing grower. I promptly put it (and what was left of the rest of the roots) into the new pot with soil saturted with natural rain water. Anyone experience this before? What can I realistically expect? Is there a chance the seedling could overcome this? Any ideas?