Transplant Damage to Tap Root

marinfla(10 South Florida)June 29, 2011

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?

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murahilin(10 fl)

You might lose the new growth but since it is a seedling it will probably survive.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 11:39AM
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keep it out of direct sun and keep it watered. I snapped the taproot to one of my mango trees transplanting it, it went into decline for a short period but eventually pulled through, you picked a good time to repot, the rainy seasons coming

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 11:49AM
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marinfla(10 South Florida)

I was kicking myself hard. That tap root broke off around 3+ " from the end of the trunk. There wasn't a lot of left of the tap root but there was a good amount of smaller roots around it so hopefully it won't die.
Bryan it has been raining so hard everyday I almost drowned twice today. My trees are going crazy because of all the rain. I wanted to make sure they had fresh soil to go with all this rain so I wouldn't worry while I was away.
Thank to yo guys for making me feel better about maming my favorite little seedling!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 4:38PM
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Mango seedlings are tough buggers. As long as you don't over-fertilize them, they are pretty hard to kill. I purposely snip off the tap root when transplanting mango seedlings from seeding trays into 1G pots to encourage lateral root growth. As Sheehan said, there is the potential that you lose the new growth flush, but the seedling should be fine.


    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 6:09PM
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marinfla(10 South Florida)

Well Jeff this seedling just as you said-- is one tough bugger! The new growth did shrivel up but it is already recovered and pushing lots of new growth. The question I have is this: will the tap root regrow or does the smaller roots just take over? I am happy either way that it's doing so well.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 12:15PM
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Smaller roots will take over (and will eventually thicken up), but it will be perfectly fine.


    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 1:54PM
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